Tuesday begins the political process for the 2014 elections. Precinct caucuses are being held throughout Minnesota, the first step in selecting candidates and defining issues that will lead to November.
Precinct caucuses give people a chance to meet with their politically like-minded neighbors to discuss issues, ponder candidates and elect delegates who will represent them in larger party conventions. These delegates will help select candidates to represent their parties on the county, state, legislative district and congressional districts.
The challenge with precinct caucuses is to get enough people there provide a true representation for the party. It is possible for small, motivated and well-organized groups to show up and dominate, if no one else bothers to come and caucus. That's why primary challenges are an important part of the candidate selection process as well.
We urge anyone who has concerns about the way government is operating to take the time on Tuesday to attend their precinct caucuses. The more who attend, the better the process will work.
Where to caucus
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 Community Center 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.