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Democrats caucus, ratify Obama

Despite bad weather and closed roads, 238 Democrats turned out to Minden, Dresslerville and Topaz Ranch Estates for caucuses and precinct meetings on Saturday.

Caucus Chairwoman JoEtta Brown said the turnout was close to what she’d prepared for.

“The planning was right on target for this caucus,” she said. “We knew it was not going to be like 2008.”

Brown said that President Obama received Douglas Democrats full support.

“Even though he’s automatically the nominee, we still have to ratify the candidate.”More debate came on developing planks for the party platform.

“A lot of ideas for the platform came forward, and there were a lot of people interested in becoming members of the central committee,” she said.

Among the resolutions approved by the Democrats on Saturday was one seeking to protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid from privatization and a resolution about job creation.

“We had good resolutions. There were no resolutions that could not go onto the national platform. We really had great discussion with the platform.”

Delegates selected at the caucus will gather for the county convention on April 14 where delegates will be selected for the state convention.

Brown said the caucus served its purpose in generating excitement among party members.

“We wanted to generate the enthusiasm, to light the fire again,” she said. “Very excited about the coming year. It’s a long road until November.”

According to the Douglas County Clerk-Treasurer’s Office, there are 6,639 active Democrats in Douglas County and 13,857 Republicans as of Jan. 3.

Republicans are scheduled to hold precinct meetings and their caucus on Feb. 4. In order to participate, Republicans had to have registered by Friday.

In 2008, 5,000 people turned out to caucus between the two parties.