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Douglas Republicans prepare for caucuses

Staff Reports

Even as Iowa Republicans made the first selection on Tuesday for their nominee for president, Douglas County Republicans are gearing up for their Feb. 4 caucus, the first in the West.

Unlike 2008, when Republicans held a straw poll for their favorite candidate, this year delegates to the state and national convention will be bound by the vote at the caucus.

That means presidential hopefuls will receive the proportion of Nevada’s delegates that they win at the precinct meetings on Feb. 4.

The Douglas County Republican Central Committee members will be preparing for the caucus at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12 at their headquarters, 1615 Highway 395, Suite B, Minden, at the corner of Highway 395 and Buckeye.

This meeting will be a working session to prepare for the caucus and precinct meetings that will be held at various locations within Douglas County.

Every two years Nevada’s major political parties are required by state law to hold precinct meetings throughout the state. The caucus is a precinct meeting that includes a process for Nevadans to express their preference for the presidential nominee of their party. Republicans will also select delegates to the county convention and work on the party’s platform.

To participate in the Nevada Republican caucuses, residents must be a registered Republican voter at least 14 days prior to the Feb. 4 meeting.

Parking for the Jan. 12 meeting is available in the overflow parking lot just south of Buckeye. A social at will be at 7 p.m. The meeting convenes at 7:30 p.m.

For a complete list of precinct locations, visit The party’s executive board will meet at 6 p.m. For information contact Chairwoman Maggie Benz at 782-5078 or call headquarters at 782-4467. Headquarters is open on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday from noon until 4 p.m. Delegates selected at the precinct meetings will participate in the Douglas County Convention, which will be March 31 at the Fairgrounds. The state convention is scheduled for May 2012.

Democrats are preparing for their Jan. 21 caucus and precinct meetings starting Saturday.

Training for the meetings will be 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday and again 5:30-7 p.m. Jan. 17 at party headquarters, 1513 Highway 395 N., Suite 1C, Gardnerville.

Caucuses will be held 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 21 at Douglas High School, Topaz Ranch Estates Community Center and the Dresserville Senior Center.

Temporary caucus chairs will arrive at 10 a.m. Organizers say all Democrats are welcome to attend. Participants will determine the central committee’s 2012 platform.

For information or to RSVP, contact Katherine Winans at 267-0539 or, or Caucus Chairwoman Jo Etta Brown at or 783-0929.