It's caucus season

Island County Democrats and Republicans will meet in caucuses March 5 to begin the process of setting the platform for each party -- separately, of course.

The grassroots caucuses will help form the ideological and organizational basis for the state and county parties for the next two years.

All voters who 18 years or older and eligible to vote in the November 2002 elections may attend the caucus in their voting precinct.

Participants of local caucuses will discuss the issues and pass resolutions for county, local and state platform consideration. At both the Democratic and Republican caucuses, participants may speak and vote at the caucuses, provided they sign in as party members first.

Democratic delegates will be selected to attend the county convention April 20 in Coupeville and the 10th Legislative District convention April 27 (location to be announced).

From these local conventions delegates will be selected to represent Island County at the state Democratic convention in Bellingham June 8.

Republican delegates will be chosen to attend the county convention April 20 at North Whidbey Middle School in Oak Harbor and the state convention June 28 and 29 in Spokane.

For more information call the Island County Democratic Central Committee officials, Ted Hofstad at 222-3004 or Paul Fournier at 221-7761.

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