GOP caucus held
While the turnout wasn’t as large as it would be during a presidential election year, Washington County Republican Central Committee chair Patricia Lipski was happy with the number of participants in Tuesday’s caucuses.
During the caucuses, which the GOP held in eight locations for the 10 voting precincts, county Republicans chose delegates to attend the county convention, which will be held on March 8 at Parkside in Wellman. Each precinct also selected junior delegates between 13 and 18 years old to attend the convention. The participants also had a chance to submit ideas for the Republican platform in the county. Only about half of the locations had reported this morning and the list of candidates will be released after it is compiled.
“The numbers were lower than they were in 2012, but estimates show we had an increased turnout over the caucuses in 2010,” Lipski said.
During the county convention, representatives for the district convention, which will be held April 26 in Ottumwa, will be chosen. Lipski has not received the state’s formula to determine the number of delegates yet, but said it would be based on a percentage of the number of registered Republicans who voted in the 2012 presidential election.
This year, the primary will be held on June 3 and the general election will be Nov. 4.
Lipski said that the Republican Party would have a lot to do this year. She said incumbent representative Jarad Klein is up for re-election. At this point, she said, no one in the GOP is currently challenging him. Lipski also said that the senate seat held by Sandra Greiner would come open later this year. Greiner has announced that she does not plan to run again and three Republicans and two Democrats have announced their intentions to run for the seat in the primary election.
“I think our platform will just be typical Republican beliefs,” Lipski said. “Smaller government, pro-life …”
She said the submitted planks for the platform will be discussed at the next central committee meeting.
Lipski predicts a strong turnout for the GOP in Iowa in the coming year. She said that statewide the Branstad ticket would help strengthen Republicans down the ticket.
The next caucus will be held in 2016, coinciding with the presidential election year.