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Douglas Republicans are gathering at firehouses across the county tonight for their biennial precinct meetings.

The county is home to Nevada’s largest Republican Party outside of Clark or Washoe counties.

Douglas County Republican Chairman Marco Caldana said everybody who attends will have a chance to put their names in for the county convention.

“We’ve been trying to get the word out,” he said. “It’s always a challenge when it’s an off-presidential race year.”

Caldana said that party business will center on selecting delegates for the March 8 county convention and working on planks for the county platform.

“Everybody who attends can put their names in to be a delegate at the upcoming county convention, which is at the Carson Valley Inn,” he said. “From there you can move on to be a delegate at the state level down in Las Vegas in April. The second reason is that’s how you get what you’d like to see on the county platform.”

Depending on tonight’s turnout, more than 300 delegates will be selected for the convention. All precinct meetings start at 7 p.m., and organizers say they should last about two hours.

Caldana said that he’d be thrilled if enough people turned out so they could fill out the delegate’s list.

“You always hope for the maximum number of folks to show up at the precincts,” he said. “If we get anywhere even close to that it indicates a real appetite for participation. Higher turnout is always good for everyone.

Caldana credited party Vice Chairwoman Mary Porter with securing the fire houses for tonight’s precinct meetings.

“She was sharp enough to get into this thing early, and find a date that works for the fire folks and works for the Republicans.”

Douglas County Democrats will hold their caucuses 10 a.m. Feb. 22 at Douglas High School.