O’Brien County Republican Caucuses In Primghar Only So That Everyone Can Participate

Date posted - January 2, 2012

We here at KIWA had talked to several Sheldon area Republicans, who had been wondering why the Republican Caucuses were only going to be held in Primghar this year.

We talked to O’Brien County Republican Party Chair, Kelly O’Brien. He says it’s been this way for at least the last two presidential caucuses.

It was changed by the O’Brien County Republican Central Committee several years ago, he says. The impetus for the move was that there was one precinct in Sheldon where they couldn’t get anyone to do the leg work or work the night of the caucuses, says O’Brien. They had to send in people from elsewhere in the county, and that made it somewhere between difficult and impossible for that person to participate in his/her own caucus in his/her home precinct, he says.

So they looked around and saw that other counties were going to a centralized caucus, and so they decided to move everything to Primghar, says O’Brien, so they’d be assured that everyone could participate.

By Scott Van Aartsen
News Director

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