(Le Mars) — The Iowa Caucus is less than a month away, and political figures have been criss-crossing the Hawkeye state in attempts to attract would-be voters to their side. Although, state republicans will also hold their caucus, most of the focus this year will be centered on the Democrats with more than a dozen candidates seeking the presidential nomination. There
are some changes to the caucus system. Mark Sturgeon serves as the chairman for the Plymouth County Democratic party and says many questions can be answered by accessing a link on the internet.
Sturgeon reminds would-be voters that the locations for the caucus is different from where you would normally cast your votes for an election.
The Plymouth County Democratic party chair explains the process of a political caucus, and how it is different from a primary voting election.
Sturgeon says during the caucus, delegates supporting one particular candidate may try to lure other delegates to switch sides and come join them in support of their candidate.
Many of the presidential candidates have made campaign appearances within the region, and a few have even stopped in Plymouth County. Sturgeon says so far, many Plymouth County Democrats have not yet made up their mind as to which candidate they wish to support.
As for the Republicans, Carl Stodden, who is the chairman for the Plymouth County Republican party says many people may not realize there are three candidates seeking the nomination for president.
Stodden says although the primary election isn’t until June, he says the caucus will serve as an opportunity for people to share their reasons for supporting their candidate seeking the 4th District Representative position.
They include: Steve King, the incumbent candidate from Kiron, State Senator Randy Feenstra of Hull, Woodbury County Supervisor Jeremy Taylor of Sioux City, and Brett Richards, former mayor from Irwin. Stodden says republicans will also decide some party platform positions.
Both political parties have 13 precincts within Plymouth County.
The Iowa Caucuses are scheduled for February 3rd.
Information Links Regarding Iowa Caucus:
- Find out which precinct you’re in and your caucus location
- Begin early check-in
- Find satellite caucus locations
- Find campaign events
- Contact the campaigns
- Find the Iowa Democratic Party Platform
- Sign up to volunteer
- Make a donation to the party
Quick look-up where you enter your address and it informs you which precinct your reside and where is your caucus location.
Changes To This Year’s Caucus:
Presidential preference cards, to track “voting” by preference group in first and second alignment. Only two alignments. Persons elected as delegates from a particular group at the precinct level must remain a delegate for that candidate when they advance to the county, district, and state conventions.
Plymouth County Democratic Party Caucus Locations:
Precinct Precinct 1-Portland Township & city of Akron. Location: Arkon-Westfield High School Auditorium, 850 Kerr Drive, Akron
Precinct 2-Meadow, Remsen, Henry, and Garfield Townships, excluding cities of Remsen and Kingsley. Location: MMCRU Middle School Cafeteria, 511 Roosevelt St., Remsen
Precinct 3-Struble, Elgin and America Townships, Excluding the city of Le Mars. Location: Le Mars Community Middle School Auditorium, 977 3rd Avenue SW, Le Mars.
Precinct 4-Preston, Grant, Johnson and Washington Townships and cities of Craig and Brunsville. Location: Brunsville Legion Post 724 Banquet Hall (use west door) 305 Oak Street, Brunsville.
Precinct 5-Marion and Fredonia Townships and cities of Remsen and Oyens. Location: MMCRU Middle School Media Center, 511 Roosevelt St. Remsen.
Precinct 6-Sioux and Westfield Townships and city of Westfield Location: Westfield Community Center, 203 Linden St. Westfield
Precinct 7-Liberty, Plymouth, and Stanton Townships and city of Merrill. Location: Kissenger Center Ball Room (lower level, to the right) 608 Main St., Merrill
Precinct 8-Hancock and Perry Townships Location: Perry Township Hall, 22504 C-60, rural Hinton
Precinct 9-Hungerford and Lincoln Townships and city of Hinton. Location: Hinton Community Center, Larger Room, 205 W. Main St. Hinton.
Precinct 10-Union and Elkhorn Townships and city of Kingsley Location: Kingsley-Pierson High School Library, 322 Quest Ave., Kingsley.
Precinct 11-City of Le Mars Location: Willow Creek Banquet Hall, 935 Park Lane, Le Mars.
Precinct 12-City of Le Mars Location: Le Mars Community High School Library, 921 3rd Ave. SW, Le Mars.
Precinct 13-City of Le Mars Location: Le Mars Community High School Commons, 921 3rd Ave. SW, Le Mars.
Plymouth County Republican Caucus Locations:
AKRON LIBRARY CONFERENCE ROOM Saint Patrick’s Parish Hall N 3rd St,
Akron, IA 51001
BRUNSVILLE LEGION CLUB Le Mars Convention Center 275 12th St SE, Le Mars, IA 51031
COURTHOUSE ANNEX LOWER LEVEL Le Mars Convention Center 275 12th St SE, Le Mars, IA 51031
HINTON COMMUNITY CENTER Hinton Community Center 205 W Main St, Hinton, IA 51024
KINGSLEY COMMUNITY CENTER Kingsley Community Center 207 E 1st St, Kingsley, IA 51028
KISSINGER COMMUNITY CENTER-LOWER LEVEL Merrill Community Center 608 Main Street Merrill, Iowa 50138
Le Mars Pct 11 Le Mars Convention Center 275 12th St SE, Le Mars, IA 51031
Le Mars Pct 12 Le Mars Convention Center 275 12th St SE, Le Mars, IA 51031
Le Mars Pct 13 Le Mars Convention Center 275 12th St SE, Le Mars, IA 51031
PERRY TOWNSHIP HALL Hinton Community Center 205 W Main St, Hinton, IA 51024
REMSEN AMERICAN BANK MMCRU Middle School 511 Roosevelt Ave, Remsen, IA 51050
REMSEN LIBRARY MMCRU Middle School 511 Roosevelt Ave, Remsen, IA 51050
WESTFIELD COMMUNITY CENTER Saint Patrick’s Parish Hall N 3rd St, Akron, IA 51001