I'm a county delegate!!!!!!
Tonight was the night of the neighborhood caucus meetings in Utah. We dropped the babies off at a friend's house, and had a little political date night together down at Spanish Fork High School. There were only twenty people attending our precinct's meeting (which was a far cry from the presidential election year crowd of 80+ in Orem last year), and we only knew two of them--and one of those only because he was in our old stake presidency. It was a really neat evening, relaxed (although with "motion seconded" and "move to close the nominations") and not intimidating. Bradley nominated me to be a county delegate, and two others were nominated, too. I had to get up and give a little speech about what I thought about some issues, and answer some questions. It was really low key and kinda fun. And I won (I had pretty good chance, you know, seeing how we got to send two county delegates and there were only three of us nominated). Now I get to learn about the issues, and go to the county convention on April 29. I honestly don't have a clue what to expect, but I'm really excited to find out.
(For those who don't know (I sure didn't two years ago, when I went to my first) a caucus is the meeting where delegates are chosen to represent your precinct to the party big-wigs at the county and state political conventions. In a presidential election year, the precinct delegates at the state convention choose who goes to the big, national conventions (and presumably wear funny hats while they are there). Anyway, the pledge is recited and the party platform (county level) is read, and then you nominate and vote for precinct chair, vice-chair, etc, and a certain number of delegates.)
Congratulations. I appreciate all who are willing to participate at this level of government. We had over 30 people at our caucus meeting, including our state representative.
We had a lively discussion about bad teachers. (One person said that there is a particularly bad teacher at our local junior high. Almost everyone in the room immediately knew wich teacher was being referenced.) There was a lot of disagreement on this issue, even among the four teachers present, which included our local high school's UEA representative. Although it was off the track of the main focus of the meeting, it was an enlightening discussion.
Congratulations!!! And watch out Hillary! I'm having bumper stickers made, "Keryn in 08."
Thanks so much for your words of encouragement. I'm quite excited about the opportunity to serve. It should be really fascinating.
Thanks, George! Perhaps that should read "Keryn for School Board Secretary in '08." Or maybe '12. Except that's too long for a bumper sticker. Okay, you can keep the Keryn in '08 ones. If you insist. :)
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