I'm new to all this political stuff, how can I get involved?
Once you've made the decision to get involved, it is difficult to know where to start. The easiest thing to do is contact one of the Executive Board Members, who will be happy to talk about participation in the political process. Be sure to check our calendar for events that fit into your schedule and join our e-mail list so you can stay informed. You can also visit us on facebook.
How can I register to vote?
The office of Mesa County Clerk and Recorder is an excellent resource. At the County Clerk and Recorder website, you can register to vote online or download a paper form to fill out and send in. There are also contact phone numbers if you have questions. You can also register to vote online at the Colorado Secretary of State website.
I'm already registered to vote, but not as a Republican. How do I change my party affiliation?
If you are already registered to vote, you can update your voter information, including your party affiliation, at the Colorado Secretary of State website. Be sure to confirm that you are a registered Republican! Make voting easier by becoming a permanent mail-in voter.
What is a Letter to the Editor
A Letter to the Editor (LTE) is typically a short essay that may be published at the discretion of the editorial staff. Typically an LTE comments on previously published articles, discusses contemporary issues or makes an arguement supporting a candidate or position. LTEs are a very effective way to cast a favorable light on a candidate, elected official or issue.
Most LTEs should be limited to 300 words or less.
You can increase your chances of having your LTE published by maintaining a respectful tone, staying on topic and bringing new information to the attention of readers.
Where can I send my Letter to the Editor?
Most of the time, you will want to send your Letter to the Editor (LTE) to the local newspaper. For Mesa County, the paper of choice is The Daily Sentinel.
If your LTE deals with an issue covering the 3rd Congressional District, you may want it publshed in the several papers that cover that large geographical area.
Remember that representatives covering the 3rd Congressional District include both our US Representative and our State School Board Member.
Click here for a list of media contactacts.
Can I e-mail my letter?
Yes. Most newspapers web sites provide for a Letter to the Editor (LTE) to be e-mailed and in most cases it is preferred.
The same rules apply to e-mailed LTEs: limit your letter to around 300 words, keep it respectful and stay on message. It may be best to compose your LTE on a word processor then copy/paste the final essay.
What is a Caucus?
A caucus is a meeting of the members of a legislative body who are members of a particular political party, to select candidates or decide policy.
What is a Precinct Caucus?
In Mesa County, every two years each precinct holds a caucus on a date specified by the Executive Board.
Who attends Precinct Caucuses?
Any registered Republican voter residing in the precinct may attend the precinct caucus.
What happens at a Precinct Caucus?
The purpose of precinct caucuses is to elect Precinct Committee Persons (PCPs) to represent the precinct on the Central Committee and to select delegates to the county, district and state convention or assembly.
Each precinct elects two PCPs who serve on the Central Committee for a term of two years.
Each precinct elects a specificied number of delegates and alternates to represent the precinct in the County, District and State convention or assembly. The term of the delegates ends at the conclusion of the convention or assembly.
Who is eligible to serve as a PCP or Delegate?
Any registered Repbulican residing in the precinct may run for election as a PCP or Delegate.
How are delegates allocated to precincts?
The number of delegates allocated to each precinct is based on the percentage of votes cast by the precinct for the Republican Presidential or Gubernatorial candidate in the last general election.