Friday, May 07, 2010

State Republican Convention: 8 May 2010

I'll be honest here....until I attended the caucus meeting a few months ago, I didn't know what a caucus or precinct really was.  Furthermore, I had never read the platform of the Republican Party.  In addition to all of this, I went the intention of being elected as a county delegate.  It goes without saying...I didn't know what that meant either.  When I left the brief Caucus meeting I was the new ROY20 precinct chairman, a state delegate, and a volunteer election judge.

We followed an exact agenda for the caucus meeting and I was asked to read the Utah Republican Party State Platform.  I wish I had done this before the meeting, however, I was pleasantly surprised.  For many years, I have leaned towards conservatives in politics but had never studied it and declared a political party for myself.  While I read aloud to two others (our caucus attendance was only 3 people), I decided that I did believe what I was reading because they were principles I already believed in.

fyi: Utah Republican Party Platform

Since the caucus meeting my mailbox, email inbox, and cell phone have been overwhelmed by the volume of the candidates' material.  I can honestly say that I have studied all of it.  I wish I had been able to meet some of the candidates in person but I guess I can tomorrow.  In a short amount of time I have tried to educate myself but still feel a bit unprepared.  I have chosen who I will vote for tomorrow but I'm not sure I understand what some of the other things on the agenda mean.  I'll be in good company with two excellent mentors...hopefully they can help me a little too.  It sort of feels like the first day of high school.  Where do I go?  Who do I sit with?  What if someone laughs at me? 
I'll bring back a full report.