Caucus night part 2

Utah State Capitol

Utah State Capitol (Photo credit: J. Stephen Conn)

At the Utah Republican caucus, we were asked to nominate and then elect precinct officers. Four people, three men and one woman, were nominated for chairman and agreed to serve if elected. All four were lined up in front of us and asked to give a short speech to introduce themselves. Most spoke so softly that they were hard to hear and all four were strangers to me. We were allowed to ask them questions. Two declared support for Mitt Romney and one for Rick Santorum. The question in my mind was should I decide on the basis of who they support for president or should I vote for the individual who will do the most for the precinct Republican party? Hard to decide on such short notice.

In the future, I would suggest that nominees be selected in advance and short, written descriptions of all candidates be given to caucus attendees upon arrival so that we would have more time to study their qualifications. Additional candidates could be nominated during the evening before the votes are cast. Personally, I think that precinct work would rate more in my decision than who a precinct officer might support. At the state meeting in April in Salt Lake City, precinct officers will be deciding on candidates for several offices, not just president.

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