Citizens urged to participate in caucus |

Citizens urged to participate in caucus

For those who would like to become more involved with the issues currently shaping Grand County, a County Caucus meeting will be held Thursday in Granby.

The meeting will focus on several issues affecting western Colorado, such as education and transportation needs. Club 20 will host the meeting.

Club 20 Executive Director Reeves Brown will review recent public policy statements adopted by the Club 20 board, including resolutions on health care and energy development. Representatives of the Bell Policy Center will share recent projections for Colorado’s fiscal outlook and possible scenarios regarding the state’s education and transportation needs.

Club 20 is a coalition of individuals, businesses, organizations and towns representing western Colorado’s 22 counties. It works as an advocate for the region’s interests on both the state and national levels.

Thursday’s forum is part of Club 20’s biennial Grand County Caucus meeting, where members will elect representatives to the Club 20 board. Club 20 representatives can then recommend policies to the club’s board of directors.

Jerry Groswold is the current voting delegate for Grand County, and Duane Dailey and Greg Norwick are the alternate directors.

Some individuals feel local caucuses are even more important this year because of the presidential election in 2008 ” and the fact that the National Democratic Convention will take place in Denver.

“A caucus is an important process for people to learn about the Democratic and Republican platform,” said Matt Sugar, communications director for the Colorado Democratic Party. “This is where you do it on a ground level. For instance, if recycling is an issue, you bring it to the caucus.”

The public is encouraged to attend the free forum and learn more about the issues shaping the state and region. The forum takes place Thursday from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Remington’s Restaurant in Granby.

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