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Attending precinct caucuses is a great way to participate in the democratic process

Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Minnesotans across the state will soon have an opportunity to change the shape of local, state and federal government by attending their local precinct caucuses. A precinct caucus is a neighborhood meeting and the first step in the political process allowing citizens to get together to discuss issues and candidates. Decisions concerning a party’s platform and candidates begin at the precinct caucus. Democrats in District 45B will caucus at Sandburg Middle School in Golden Valley; Republicans will caucus at Cooper High School in New Hope, and members of the Independence Party will meet at New Hope City Hall. The Constitution Party will caucus on Feb. 2 and the Green Party will caucus on March 4. Caucuses will begin at 7 p.m. For more information, visit the free on-line service at http://www.sos.state.mn.us. I encourage those who have never been to precinct caucus to attend this year. The decisions made at the precinct caucuses are the starting point for the eight-month cycle that determines who will represent the people at the federal and state level of government. Local caucuses are followed by endorsing conventions at the county and senate district level, congressional conventions, state conventions, filings for office, primary elections and finally Election Day. Delegates to later conventions begin by being elected out of their precinct caucuses. Caucus night is a great opportunity to meet your neighbors, get involved in your community, discuss issues vital to the state and the nation, and, most importantly, support the democratic process. Sincerely, Lyndon Carlson State Representative District 45B
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