To the editor:
As leaders within our political parties in Brown County, we would like to personally encourage you to attend your precinct caucus on Tuesday, Feb. 7.
The precinct caucus is a gathering of your friends, family, and neighbors to exercise your rights in the American political process. It is your first opportunity during an election year to talk about issues, make recommendations for changes in your party's platform, and choose delegates to represent you at later party conventions. In addition, because 2012 is a presidential election year, there will be a Presidential Preference Straw Ballot conducted.
You are welcome to express your opinions on important issues, or you can come just to listen. The atmosphere is similar to that of a neighborhood town meeting where the exchange of ideas is encouraged and all participants are treated with fairness and respect, regardless of whether you are expressing your opinion or just listening to others.
The caucus system in Minnesota is a unique system in the United States, where ordinary citizens have the opportunity to participate not only in the selection of the candidates who will represent your political party but also in defining the issues and positions under which those candidates will run in elections. It is participation citizen democracy in action.
Whether you want just to listen or to actively participate, we encourage you to spend some time on the evening of Tuesday, Feb. 7, attending your precinct caucus. The caucus will begin at 7 p.m.
For residents of New Ulm and the surrounding townships the Republican caucus will be held at the New Ulm High School cafeteria, while the Democratic caucus will be held at the New Ulm Community Center. Sleepy Eye area caucuses will be held at the Sleepy Eye Public School cafeteria for Republicans and the Sleepy Eye Elementary School library for the Democrats. Springfield and Comfrey area Republicans caucus at the Springfield Public Library and the Democrats caucus at the Springfield Public School cafeteria. Hanska area Republicans caucus at the New Ulm High School cafeteria while the Democrats caucus at the Hanska Community Center. For a complete and more detailed listing of caucus locations in Brown County, you may contact the County Auditor's office.
Chair, Brown County Republican Committee
Chair, Brown County DFL Committee