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Legislative News and Views - Rep. Melissa Hortman (DFL)

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

Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Over the course of the next week, Minnesotans across the state will have an opportunity to change the shape of local, state and federal government by attending their local precinct caucuses. Caucuses for all parties will be held on Tuesday, March 7 at 7 p.m. 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. The Senate District 46 DFL Caucus will be held at Brooklyn Center High School. The Senate District 47 DFL Caucus will be held at Champlin Park High School. To find your party's caucus, visit the Hennepin County Elections Office website at http://www2.co.hennepin.mn.us/voterinfo/caucus/options.htm, or call the Democratic-Farmer-Laborer Party (651-293-1200), Republican Party (651-222-0022), or Independence Party (651-487-9700). We 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 all levels of government. The offices to be elected in Minnesota and in our communities in 2006 include: Federal: One U.S. Senator from Minnesota All eight U.S. representatives from Minnesota State: Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Auditor State Representative State Senator Local: Hennepin County Commissioner (District 1), County Attorney and County Sheriff Brooklyn Center Mayor, City Council Members (2) Brooklyn Park Mayor, City Council Members (3) Local caucuses are followed by endorsing conventions at the county and senate district level, congressional conventions, state conventions, filings for office, primary elections on Tuesday September 12, and finally Election Day on Tuesday, November 7. 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, Linda Scheid State Senator District 46 Michael Nelson State Representative District 46A Debra Hilstrom State Representative District 46B Melissa Hortman State Representative District 47B