Democrats holding meeting


The Routt County Democratic Party is having its biennial reorganization meeting, and all interested Democrats are invited.

"We want to make sure we invite all good Democrats down to be part of the discussion," chairman Ken Brenner said.

A top priority of the meeting is to elect or re-elect officers for the party, Brenner said. A vote will be taken and tabulated the night of the meeting.

Another priority is to discuss the party's values and the direction in which it is heading. The party has a long list of relatively traditional values, but everything is on the table at the meeting, Brenner said.

"It's all up for discussion. That's what a reorganization is about," he said. "If you like the things your party is doing, people get re-elected, and you kind of reconfirm where you're headed."

If party members don't agree with what's happened in the past, however, things get shaken up.

"That's what's exciting about a reorganization meeting, is you don't know for sure what's going to happen," Brenner said.

The Routt County Democratic Party also plans to start more programs to involve younger voters. For instance, its annual Jefferson Jackson fund-raising dinner will be a potluck this year, Brenner said.

The county party has a chairman and three vice chairmen who represent South Routt County, West Routt County and the Steamboat Springs area, as well as a treasurer and secretary.

The Steamboat Springs vice chairman position is open because Diane Mitsch Bush has stepped down. Treasurer Jim Stanko has been filling in as secretary, a position that has been open for the past two years and is open to anyone interested, Brenner said.

West Routt vice chairman Doug Monger, South Routt vice chairman Gary Miller and Brenner plan to serve in their current positions again, but anyone else is welcome to run for those spots, Brenner said.

Also at the meeting, party members will identify their precinct captains -- volunteers from each precinct who attend the party's monthly meetings and help organize voter activities within each precinct.

"This year, we're asking for more participation from our precinct captains than we've had in the past," Brenner said.

Brenner expects 30 or more Democrats to attend the meeting. It's important to start organizing to prepare for the next election, he said.

The local party hopes to "keep some enthusiasm going, be raising funds now and be identifying our candidates," Brenner said.

The Routt County Democratic Party meeting is at 6 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Routt County Courthouse. For more information, call Ken Brenner at 879-3160.


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