The 2014 mid-term election in Iowa officially kicked-off Tuesday night as all 99 counties held precinct caucuses. In Appanoose County, both the Republicans and Democrats held their precinct caucus at the Centerville High School.
Bob Thomas, a long-time Centerville Democrat, talked to 32 who came to Simon Estes Auditorium at the Centerville High School Tuesday night to participate in the Appanoose County Democratic Party precinct caucus.
Thomas asked and seven stood up as first time caucusgoers.
Republican Rep. Larry Sheets, of Moulton, briefly talked to the 60 who came to the science wing at the Centerville High School Tuesday night to participate in the Appanoose County Republican Party precinct caucus.
Sheets asked for support for his re-election from those in attendance.
Republican caucusgoers were signing in as late at 7:15 p.m.
One of the purposes of the precinct caucus is to elect delegates to the county convention scheduled for Saturday, March 8, select individuals to represent precincts for the county’s central committee and approve resolutions or planks to the party platforms.
At the county convention, delegates are selected for both Iowa’s congressional district convention set for Saturday, April 26 and state convention set for Saturday, June 14.
Iowa has 1,774 precincts. Appanoose County has 10 precincts.