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December 15, 2011

Republicans prepare to caucus in Marion Co.

Knoxville — Months of Republican presidential candidate visits, speeches and campaigning will culminate when the Iowa Caucus is held.

Here in Marion County, the Republicans will caucus in two locations. Marion County Republicans who reside south and west of the Des Moines River will caucus at Knoxville High School, 1811 West Madison. Republicans in the other townships and the City of Pella will caucus at Pella Christian High School, 300 Eagle Lane. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the meeting begins at 7 p.m.

Marion County Republican Chair Irene Blom says caucus participation is important. Not only will the Republicans choose whom they believe would be the best candidate for President of the United States, but other important party acts will be done as well. This will be the opportunity for Republicans to have their voices heard regarding the party platform and other issues. Delegates to the county, district and state conventions will also be selected at the caucus.

“This is your chance to voice your opinion as to what we put on our platform,” Blom said.

Blom said it is important for the caucuses to have strong attendance, if for no other reason than to fulfill the county's delegate responsibilities. Marion County will be allowed 34 delegates, based upon the number of votes Republican Gov. Terry Branstad received in the county in the 2010 election.

“We're always short,” Blom says of delegates. “We're always begging.” She hopes more people volunteer than will be necessary.

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