Idaho Democrats to caucus Saturday

FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2012

Idaho Democrats will caucus on Saturday morning to select their presidential delegates, and they’re inviting folks to join them at the gatherings in each Idaho county.

In Kootenai County, the caucus will be at the Harding Family Center, 411 N. 15th St. in Coeur d’Alene, and similar events across the state will start at 10 a.m. – meaning the doors will close then, so those who want to participate should arrive before that hour.

“We expect about 150 people,” Kootenai County Democratic Chair Paula Neils said in a statement.

Any qualified voter who lives in the county and will be 18 by the November election can participate; participants also must sign a pledge stating they’re a member of the Democratic Party and declaring either support for President Barack Obama or that they’re uncommitted.

“People who turn out are people that are excited to be Democrats, they’re excited to have a Democratic president to support, and this is their chance to do it,” said state party spokesman Dean Ferguson. “I’d expect quite a bit of enthusiasm.”

Four years ago, roughly 22,000 participated in Idaho’s Democratic presidential caucuses and threw the state’s support to Barack Obama over rival Hillary Clinton by a two-thirds margin; this time, President Obama is unopposed.

Sheila Garry, a Kootenai County Democratic precinct committeewoman, said, “It’s probably going to be a little quieter than it was last time, but I think it’ll be fun and interesting, and kind of let all the Democrats know what’s going on.”

Kootenai County’s caucus, like many around the state, will include the showing of the new documentary on President Obama, “The Road We Have Traveled.”

Other North Idaho locations include: Boundary County, Mugsy’s Tavern, Bonners Ferry; Bonner County, Sandpoint Community Hall; Benewah County, St. Maries Fire Station; Shoshone County, the Broken Wheel, Kellogg; and Latah County, McDonald Elementary School gym.

A handful of Southern Idaho counties are joining together to hold regional caucuses, but each North Idaho county will have its own. The caucuses will select 384 delegates to the June 14 state convention in Boise, where the group will write the party platform and pick the 31 delegates to the national party convention.

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