Republican caucus at CEU hears different views, candidates
Over 100 people gathered at the Carbon County Republican caucus meeting on Tuesday March 23, to elect their state delegates and prepare for upcoming meetings in both local and state areas.
Republicans came out to the meeting at the Jennifer Leavitt Student Center Ballroom on the CEU campus from various points around Carbon County to show their support for the party by electing state delegates and preparing for the upcoming county convention on April 21.
Ann Carter was one of the few Republicans who came to the caucus from the Scofield area. She was happy with the turnout and is glad to see that there are people concerned about where the country is currently headed.
"I am very privileged to be a resident in the area and I think it's a responsibility to participate in meetings like this," Carter said. "The democratic process is a wonderful process, but I don't think that enough people are participating in it right now."
The meeting not only offered county Republicans a chance to elect their state delegates, but also to come together and talk about how the party is currently doing on a state and national basis.
For some, the night was the first step in voicing their opinions on issues such as party representation from Carbon County and national issues affecting millions across the county such as health care reform.
Westwood resident Christi Jardine came to the meeting with her husband, Darel, and was ready to start the process of making a difference in the country from within the Republican party.
"This type of event really raises the level of enthusiasm within the Republican party," Jardine said. "It provides an opportunity to affect who goes to Washington to represent us, so it's an excellent way to get things started."
The event also attracted some national party representatives including Tim Bridgewater who is currently running for the United States Senate.
At the end of the meeting, Bridgewater took some time to answer questions from attendees ranging from how to fix current problems in the state and how he would represent the people of Utah in the Senate.
"It's all about opportunity in this country," Bridgewater said, in reference to his growing up in a trailer park as a young boy. "We need to reverse course from where we are now and start providing a better land of opportunity for our grandchildren."
Carbon County Republican Party Treasurer Jim Darter said he was impressed with the fact that Bridgewater showed up to the meeting, a sign he thinks shows how important Carbon County is to representatives.
"He (Bridgewater) is making a point to be here tonight to meet with us," Darter said. "He sees Carbon County as a swing county and I'm impressed that he sees that here."
Darter said he feels the Republican party will begin moving back to the party's original roots and getting everyone within the party in the county involved is one of the first steps needed to move forward.
"To think one person can't make a difference is the wrong attitude," Darter said. "One person can make a difference by standing up and saying 'this is right' or 'this is wrong'. That is a way you can have a chance to affect others. People can leave the meeting tonight, go home and talk with their family, friends and neighbors and get the word out."