BOUNTIFUL - Davis County Republican Party Chair Phill Wright looks back on last Thursday evening’s caucuses as a success.
“I was pleased at the turnout,” he said. Thanks to changes implemented by the state part, check-in was “much faster and the meetings also moved along more quickly.”
In addition, many absentee ballots were cast by delegates who couldn’t attend that night, Wright said.
“The majority of comments I received from delegates were very positive,” he said.
Wright emphasized his support of the caucus system, which will be modified starting next year.
Currently, a candidate must receive at least 60 percent of votes cast by delegates to avoid a primary. That will change to 65 percent next year.
Also starting next year, candidates who obtain a minimum number of verifiable signatures, with that number determined by the position sought, can get their name placed on the ballot. That will be possible without attending a caucus.
“The caucus system allows us to advance candidates either to the general election or a primary, with the confidence they are who they claim they are, and not a dishonest face behind a flashy well-funded campaign mask,” Wright said.
on the Democratic side, county party secretary Bob Van Velkinburgh said about 100 people attended the caucus meeting he and his wife Jeanne attended in Syracuse.
It was held at Syracuse Junior High and included delegates from three districts.
“I would say the attendance was above average,” Van Velkinburgh said.