Dems host county assembly

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Routt County Democrats will decide today whom they want as their government representatives.

The group will hold its county assembly at 3 p.m. today in the Steamboat Springs Community Center.

At the assembly, which is open to the public, a group of county delegates will vote in a preference poll on who they think will best represent the overall interests of the Routt County Democratic Party in the Senate, Third Congressional District and White House.

"We're expecting the candidates, or at least representatives of the candidates, to be at the assembly," said Routt County Democratic Party Chairman Ken Brenner. "That way, we will hear the latest from these candidates who are making such an interesting election this year."

The group also will choose 22 other delegates to represent Routt County's assembly results in the state Democratic caucus in Pueblo on May 21 and 22.

At today's county assembly, Routt County Democrats also will discuss issues that were presented from precinct caucuses April 14. The issues will be presented today as resolutions that were organized by a platform committee.

Issues brought up in the precinct caucuses included adding more government support for veterans, preserving agriculture, occupation of the Middle East and development of alternative energy sources. Most Routt County Democrats voiced support for Colorado Attorney General Ken Salazar in the U.S. Senate and Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., as president of the United States.

The delegates that go on to the state caucus will represent the ratio of votes from the county assembly. These votes will be key in determining which candidates make it to the state primaries in August, Brenner said.

The Routt County Democrats' assembly will be one of many county assemblies held across the state today.

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