Henry County Democrats to hold countywide caucus

The Henry County Democrats will hold its countywide caucus on Monday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m., at the First United Methodist Church in Mt. Pleasant. Free pizza and cider will be provided at 6:15 p.m.

During the meeting, Democrats will be electing delegates to the county Democratic convention in March. ?Delegates could potentially play a key role in the selection of their party?s nominee for governor,? said Henry County Democrats chair Emery Styron.

Non-presidential election year caucuses are normally low-key events attended by party regulars, but due to the crowded field of Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls, the 2018 caucuses are creating some unusual interest.

If none of the seven likely candidates wins 35 percent of the June 7 primary vote, delegates to the state Democratic Convention, slated for June 16, will choose the nominee. The process to elect the delegates, who will be voters at the convention, starts with precinct caucuses on Feb. 5.

Anyone eligible to vote in Iowa and will be at least 18 years old on Election Day (Nov. 6, 2018) may participate in the caucus. All participants must be registered as Democrats. The registration can be done at sign-in. Attendees must be signed in or in line by 7 p.m. to participate.

The purpose of the caucus is to elect delegates and alternates to the county convention, elect precinct committee members and collect resolutions to be added to the county platform. The platform will be finalized at the county convention on March 24, and forwarded to the Iowa Democratic Party for consideration at the state convention.

?If you?ve been disturbed be some of the things happening in state and national government, the caucus is a chance to take part at the grass roots, which opens up more access to decision-makers at higher levels,? Styron said. ?We encourage people to get involved and by part of the change they want to see in the world.?

For more information, call Styron at 319-217-0743 or email