Box Elder County Republican Convention
will be held April 8
Box Elder Middle School.
Delegate credentialing 5 p.m.
Convention business 6:30 p.m.
Voting approx. 8 p.m.
Maybe it is the economy. Maybe it was the recently passed Federal health care reform. Whatever the reason, the Republican party caucuses held last week in Box Elder County were very well attended.
According to Scott Ericson, Box Elder County Republican Party Chairman, some people who wanted to attend left because the numbers were so high.
“We probably had 2-3 times the people show up at caucuses as in the past. We had people go away because it was too full,” said Ericson. “A lot of it was the health care vote over the weekend. Everybody is frustrated with the Federal Government and wants to make a change. I think numbers would have been up but not as high as they were.”
Ericson estimated about 600 showed up for the Brigham City caucus, 300 for Perry, 250 for Fielding and around 400 for Tremonton and Garland.
Ericson, who has been party chair for three years and attending caucuses for six, said, “Far and away this is the most attendance we have had [since I have been involved]. This is the ultimate grass roots process. This is people who care enough to show up and elect good people to office. These delegates will take the time to study the issues and elect the people who will represent them the best. [This method allows that] anybody can run for office, [regardless of their position in society or money available] in a cost effective way.”
Next up for Republicans is the County Convention, which will be held April 8, at Box Elder Middle School. Delegate credentialing begins at 5 p.m. with convention business at 6:30 and the voting after, approx. 8 p.m. The state convention will be May 8 in Salt Lake City at the Salt Palace.