On March 7, both the Republican and Democratic caucuses took place at various locations across the state including Las Animas and McClave.

The first party to caucus was the Republican party which started at 10 a.m. with precincts 1,3,4 and 5 meeting at the Las Animas Senior Center and precinct 2 meeting at McClave church.

A group of 25 delegates and some alternates were chosen during the Republican caucus and will vote on key decisions at the County’s Republican assembly. One of which is who will be the Republican representatives for the District 1 and 3 commissioner seats available in Nov.

The county assembly is scheduled for March 24, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Las Animas Senior Center at 701 Park Ave. According to Glen Brown who is the Chair of the Bent County GOP anyone regardless of political affiliation is welcomed to attend the assembly.

The Democratic caucus started at 2 p.m. on the seventh with precincts 1,3, 4 and 5 meeting at the Las Animas Middle School and precinct 2 meeting at McClave High School. 10 delegates were chosen during the caucus and will vote on key decisions during the Democratic Assembly.

One such decision according to party chair Alex Netherton will be on who will oppose the presumed repbulican candidates for the county commissioner seats Jean Sykes and Kim MacDonnell. Neatherton indicated that they were still waiting on people to challenge for those seats.

He added that people can either nominate themselves or be nominated all the way up to the County’s Democratic Assembly scheduled for March 28, starting at 2 p.m. at Las Animas High School at 300 Grove Ave.

Results from the Democratic senate preference poll revealed that 4 of the 10 delegates voted for Andrew Romanoff and three voted for John Hickenlooper. Three of the votes on the day were uncommitted.

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