Precinct caucuses February 4 kick-off 2014 political process


Mark your calendar for 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 4. That’s the night for precinct caucuses for Minnesota’s major political parties. Caucuses are neighborhood meetings where Minnesota voters come together to begin their party’s political endorsement process.

Whether you’re a DFLer, Republican or Independence Party supporter, you should be attending your party’s precinct caucus.

Caucuses pass resolutions which will shape the parties’ platforms on state issues.

Caucus-goers also choose delegates to go on to district-level conventions where candidates will be endorsed for state legislature and local offices like county commissioner and school board.

To learn your party’s precinct caucus locations, you can visit

Race heating up for Hennepin County District 3

People attending DFL precinct caucuses in Hennepin County District 3 will find several candidates vying for party endorsement to replace County Commissioner Gail Dorfman, who is resigning mid-term. Candidates include: Marion Greene, former state representative; Katie Hatt, former aide to Commissioner Peter McLaughlin; Ken Kelash, former state senator and retired Carpenter’s union business agent; Ann Mavity, St. Louis Park city council member; and Ben Schweigert, an assistant Hennepin County attorney and AFSCME member.