Attend your party caucuses

Dear Editor:

It’s an election year, and the Minnesota State Democratic and Republican caucuses start up again Feb. 4.

If you are a stronger DFLer, then you know that three important seats are up for election. Mark Dayton is running for re-election for Governor of Minnesota, Rick Nolan is up for re-election as a United States Congressman, and Senator AL Franken is up for re-election as United States Senator. If you are a Democrat, then you know that all these people need and deserve your support. Your caucus meets at 7 p.m. and registration starts at 6:30 p.m. You can call your county auditors’ office to find the locations, or call me at 763-689-4246.

If you are a Republican, and you want to support your local candidates, such as State Representative Brian Johnson or State Senator Sean Nienow, you can also call the auditor’s office for Isanti County or Chisago County, and find out your party’s Republican caucus locations.

If you are sick of both the Democrats and the Republicans, consider the political parties in Egypt. In that country, they seem to just set up a coup and wipe out the opposition. In this country we have a lot of gridlock, but we don’t have riots or machine guns. We just get talked to death.

All humor aside, we have a lot of people in both parties who try to study the issues, solve problems, and even on rare occasions take responsibility and work together. They may even try to be working for the betterment of our country. It is our job as citizens to be well informed and to participate in our democracy by voting. You can participate even more by meeting and joining up with your local precinct caucus. This is where grassroots politics starts.

Barbara Kruschel