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Marshall County Democrats caucus is Jan. 21 at Dejardin Hall

January 18, 2014

For Iowans, partisan elections to elect Democrats or Republicans to office begin in January of even numbered years.

This month, as in past years, both parties will caucus on the same night January 21. Democrats and Republicans work together in this regard to preserve Iowa as the "first-in-the-nation" starting point for the Presidential campaign in 2016. Going first means a lot to Iowans, our political impact, and the Iowa economy.

Iowa voters will be able to elect four members to the U.S. House of Representatives, one new U.S. senator, Iowa governor, attorney general, treasurer, state auditor, secretary of state, secretary of agriculture and numerous state legislators including two seats representing Marshall County.

"While this election year is not a Presidential Election it is nevertheless very important. We want to re-elect State Representative Mark Smith and add a majority of Democratic members for him to lead in the Iowa House," Marshall County Democratic Party Chairperson Wayne Sawtelle said.

Tom Swartz, first vice chair said, "This caucus is where both parties begin the serious business of meeting or learning about candidates for office from the Courthouse, to the Statehouse, and to the Nation's Capital."

Marshall County Democrats will Caucus this year in one location at Marshalltown Community College on Jan. 21. Doors will open at 6 p.m. in Dejardin Hall at the Iowa Valley Continuing Education Center at MCC 3700 S. Center St. in Marshalltown. Registration begins at 6:15 p.m. and the Caucus officially begins at 7 p.m. Beverages will be served.

Long time and experienced Caucus attender Bert Permar said, "It is a good idea to arrive early enough to register and locate your correct precinct table in Dejardin Hall." Central Committee Secretary Harlietta Helland added, "We will have volunteers present to assist participants to sign in and orient attendees."

Residents of Marshall County who will be at least 18 years old on election day Nov. 4 may participate in the Caucus by registering as a Democrat at the Caucus Jan. 21.

For More Information, contact Swartz at 641-751-5119.



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