Next Tuesday night we have the political caucuses for the Republican and Democrat-Farmer Labor parties. Not many states have this system, so it is something different than most voters expect. Instead of going someplace to vote in a primary for predetermined candidates, the local voter goes to a caucus where they can choose to run for a delegate seat in the county convention. Resolutions are also submitted and voted upon to be considered at the previously mentioned convention.
In other words, it is an opportunity for the little guy to be heard and have some effect on local politics beyond just voting. Locally, the county chairs for both parties sat down with reporter Ryan Henry at The Houston County News for an informative article.
Government is best run if the people are fully involved and I recommend that every Minnesotan with a political opinion put their time and energy where their mouths are by attending their local caucus.
I’ll be doing my part as a convener for the Republican Party caucus location in Houston. Should be interesting if the Tea Parties are any indication!