Latest News – March 1
Super Tuesday: Lake County Caucuses Tonight March 1
It’s Super Tuesday, in case you hadn’t heard. The Lake County Caucuses for Democrats and Republicans will be held tonight March 1.
So, here’s some helpful information from Leadville and Lake County’s political leaders about caucuses and the candidates who are running for office.
What Is A Caucus and What Do I Do?
By Merilee Maupin, Lake County Republicans
Colorado is a caucus state. The caucus is simply the first and most important step in the multi-step political election process. If you do not participate in the precinct caucus, the choices of candidates to vote for will be determined by those who do attend their caucuses. In Colorado, both Democrats and Republicans hold their precinct caucuses on the same day; this year, Tuesday, March 1 at 7 p.m. Every precinct in every county in the state will be holding their caucuses that evening.
Caucuses are simply meetings with your friends and neighbors who are registered with the same political party. In order to vote at tonight’s caucus, have been registered to vote no later than 29 days before the caucus. You must also have been affiliated with the party for at least 2 months before the caucus. Although only those registered can vote, both parties allow any interested person to sit in on the caucus process.
The Republican Caucus for all precincts will be held tonight, March 1 at CMC, Climax Bldg., Room 401. The meeting will start promptly at 7 p.m.. Everyone should arrive between 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. to ensure enough time to be registered. You may register on line for caucus at caucus.cologop.org. You will still need to check in, but it will be much faster.
Democrats Prepare to Caucus Tonight at Elks Lodge
By Brad Littlepage, Chairman, Democratic Central Committee
The Democratic Caucus for all precincts will be held tonight March 1 at the Leadville Elks Lodge, 123 W. 5th Street. The meeting will start promptly at 7 p.m. Everyone should arrive between 6 – 7 p.m. to ensure enough time to be registered. If you are late you will not be able to vote. Be aware that all commissioner candidates may speak for 3 minutes at the beginning of the Caucus.
The following candidate’s information was provided by Lake County Clerk and Recorder Patty Berger who may be reached at 719-486-1410.
Lake County Commissioner, District 2
- Sara Mudge: She is going through the Caucus process and is registered with the state.
- Joe Swyers: He may not Caucus and is working through a petition. He is registered with the state.
- Rohn Bertolas: He has not registered with the state and may not Caucus and may do it through petition.
Lake County Commissioner, District 3
- Bud Elliott: He may not Caucus but does have a petition. He is registered with the state.
- Tina Tekansik: She is doing it through petition and may not Caucus. Not sure if she is registered with the state.
Brad Littlepage, Lake County Democratic Central Committee Chairman. Questions: 719-486-3488. Here’s a video that describes the caucus process from the Colorado Democratic Party: