Parties to hold caucuses March 21 |

Parties to hold caucuses March 21

Daily Staff Report

EAGLE COUNTY ” The county’s Democratic and Republican parties will hold caucuses March 21 to begin the process of selecting local candidates for the November elections.

The Democrats will meet at 6 p.m. in the Chaparral Restaurant in the Cordillera Valley Club. Democrats who live in the Roaring Fork Valley in southwestern Eagle County will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the El Jebel Community Center’s Sopris Room.

“2006 is an important election year in Colorado and Eagle County,” said Harvie Branscomb, chairman of county’s Democrats. “We are electing a governor, a county commissioner and many other Eagle County officials. The caucus is the beginning of the democratic process, the grassroots of democracy.”

Anyone interested in being a caucus leader can call Judy Balice, the party’s vice chairwoman, at 569-3906.

Republicans will hold caucuses in El Jebel, Eagle, Burns, McCoy and Avon. Those who go to the neighborhood meetings will select delegates to the county assembly, set for April 8 in Eagle. The county assembly will pick local delegates to the party’s state assembly, to be held May 19 and 20 in Colorado Springs.

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The Republican caucus schedule is:

– Eastern Eagle County (Wolcott to Red Cliff to East Vail): Finnegan’s Wake in Avon, 6:30 p.m. Mike Mathias (476-8888) and Pete Buckley (748-1268) are the coordinators.

– Eagle, Gypsum, Dotsero: Eagle County Administration Building, Garden Level Classroom, 6:30 p.m. Clint Mehl (328-6637) and Teak Simonton (328-2025) are the coordinators.

– Basalt, El Jebel: County building in El Jebel, in the Spruce and Pinion rooms, 5:30 p.m. Sean Martin (963-4244) and Michael Bair (927-3931) are the coordinators.

– Burns: Burns Baptist Church, 6 p.m. Susan Nottingham (653-4417) is the coordinator.

– McCoy, Bond: McCoy Community Building, 6 p.m. Melinda Gorman (653-0163) is the coordinator.

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