Press Editorial

April 10, 2012

By Staff

Grassroots politics begin at precinct level

It was standing room only at Republican caucuses in March, and now it’s the Democrats’ turn. While there is not the same excitement of helping pick a party choice for president, there is plenty of reason for Democrats to attend their caucus meetings April 15.

Barack Obama will be the incumbent candidate for sure, but the Democratic caucus is the opportunity to help shape the party platform on many topics, including health care, civil rights, national security and the federal budget.

The precinct caucus meetings, held few and far between, are also the first step toward becoming a delegate to the national convention in September, if that’s a personal interest. And even if you don’t want to make the trip to North Carolina, you’ll have the opportunity to vote for a delegate who best represents your views.

The caucus meetings are also a good way to learn how you can get involved with local candidates for governor, auditor, secretary or state, treasurer, congressional and state representatives, and many other elected positions. For that matter, you may want to get elected as a precinct committee officer.

Grassroots politics begin at the precinct caucus. Don’t miss the opportunity to get involved.

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