Political caucuses March 16

       Democrats and Republicans will further the process of narrowing down their candidates at party caucuses Tuesday, March 16.
       Starting at 7 p.m. at schools, churches or homes, the gatherings will pick delegates for the county or state assemblies, coming up April 10, at which each party will select one or more candidates for the August primaries and/or November election.
       To participate in a precinct caucus, you must be a voter registered with your chosen party and reside in that precinct.
       Candidates representing areas including the Westside are:
  • Senate District 11: John Morse (D) seeks reelection. Owen Hill (R) has announced as his opposition, according to the El Paso County Republicans website.
  • House District 18: Pete Lee (D) and Karen Cullen (R) are vying for the seat vacated by Michael Merrifield, who is term-limited after filling the post for 8 years.
  • House District 21: Robert Gardner (R) is seeking a third term. No Democrat candidates have announced yet, according to the El Paso County Democratic Party office.
           Other offices affecting the Westside that are up for grabs this year are:
  • Federal level -Senate, Congress (5th District).
  • State - Governor, Attorney General, Treasurer, Secretary Of State, CU Regent, Colorado Board of Education.
  • County - Assessor, Clerk and Recorder, Coroner, Sheriff, Surveyor and Treasurer.
           You can find out your precinct number or caucus location by contacting your party. Here is their local contact information:
  • Democrats - 473-8713, peakdems.org or info@peakdems.org.
  • Republicans - 578-0022, gopelpaso.com, or info@gopelpaso.com.

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