Sunday, December 18, 2011

2012 Caucus Fast Approaching!

The Delaware County Republicans invite all interested Delaware County residents to attend the 2012 caucus. Business to be conducted includes the presidential preference vote, electing precinct leaders and delegates to the county convention, and proposing ideas for the party platform. All Delaware County precincts will meet at the West Delaware Middle School, located at 1101 Doctor Street in Manchester. The caucus will begin at 7:00 PM. Registration for participants will begin at 5:45 PM.

A caucus participant must be a registered Republican, 18 years old by election day 2012 and must reside in the precinct in which he/she is caucusing. Voter registration forms will be available at the registration area for individuals wishing to register as a Republican.

For additional information, visit the Iowa GOP caucus website, www.iowagop.org/caucus where you can find your precinct or download the Caucus App for your Android or iPhone. Also, watch our website for additional updates!

Michelle Bachman Campaign Visit Tuesday, December 20th

Michelle Bachman will host a meet and greet Tuesday, December 20th in Manchester at 2:30 PM. She will meet with all interested at the Pizza Ranch on West Main Street.

Rick Perry Campaign Stop Monday, December 19th

Rick Perry will be making a campaign visit to Manchester on Monday, December 19th. He will meet all interested at the Pizza Ranch at Noon.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Ron Paul to Visit Manchester

Ron Paul will be hosting a town hall meeting on December 22 at 3:00 PM at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Manchester.

What happens at a caucus?

Do you wonder what happens at a precinct caucus? It's more than just a vote. Essentially there are four main purposes:

1. Conducting the Presidential preference vote

One of the first orders of business after electing a chairperson and secretary is the Presidential preference vote. All delegates receive a ballot on which they mark their preferred candidate. Once all have voted, members of each precinct tally the votes. The results are announced and then relayed to the county and state parties to be combined with other precincts across the state.

2. Nomination and election of precinct representatives to the county central committee

Each precinct then nominates and elects two individuals to serve as representatives to the county central committee who voice the concerns of their neighbors to the local party. They also conduct official business for the county party in conjunction with other precinct representatives. Any individual can serve in this role from the precinct. The term is for two years and most central committees meet once a month. If you're interested be sure to volunteer during this portion of the caucus.

3. Nomination and election of delegates and alternates to the county convention

Each precinct also receives a predetermined number of seats to be filled at the March county convention by interested individuals. These people then meet with similar individuals from across the county to conduct a process similar to the precinct caucus at the county convention. Alternates are also chosen in case people initially chosen as delegates cannot attend. Those chosen to be delegates or alternates to the county convention will be those who are eligible to serve as county representatives to the congressional district and state party conventions. Again be sure to volunteer if interested.

4. Formation of party platform concepts

The last item is to begin submitting ideas for the party platform. The platform is the statement of beliefs for the political party. Is there something you believe the party should oppose or support? This portion of the caucus allows you to speak up and gain support from fellow citizens. Ideas generated at your precinct caucus are forwarded to the county party for debate and possible inclusion in the county's party platform, which is debated and adopted at the county convention.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Rick Santorum visiting Manchester December 13

Rick Santorum will be making a campaign visit to Manchester on Tuesday, December 13th at 4:00 PM at the Fireside Restaurant.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Information for Candidates Interested in Attending 2012 Delaware County Caucus

The Delaware County Republican Central Committee invites campaign representatives to our 2012 Precinct Caucuses on Tuesday, January 3rd. All Delaware County precincts will meet at the West Delaware Middle School, 1101 Doctor Street, in Manchester. Registration for participants will begin at 5:45 PM. Official events will begin at 7:00 PM.

All precincts will begin the evening together to hear remarks from candidates. The following time limits will be strictly enforced:

Presidential Candidates or designee: 3 minutes
Congressional/Statewide Candidates or designee: 2 minutes
State Legislative/County Candidates or designee: 1 minute

Following the remarks, those attending will move into their respective caucuses to conduct official business.

If your campaign plans to have someone present to present, or if you have any questions, please contact Marcel Kielkucki, communications and public relations chairperson, at marcel.kielkucki@delawarecountyiowarepublicans.org