Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News
Shana Lynn, left, and her mother Leona cast their votes during a GOP Caucus meeting at Lone Peak High School in Highand. Thousands turn out at their neighborhood caucus meeting around Utah Thursday, March 15, 2012.
I read with interest Jim Hansen's commentary on eliminating the caucus system, especially in light of the fact that it was his retirement that made me a strong supporter of the current system ("Let's get rid of the caucus system," May 2).
My selection as a state delegate was by the vote of local precinct members (democracy at the most local level). In that role I was able meet either one-on-one or in small groups with the majority of candidates. Congressman Rob Bishop and I were able to spend well over an hour in my office, with only the two of us and one campaign aid present. The discussion was honest, open and frank. Similar discussions were had with several other leading candidates.
Such meetings cut through the hype and hyperbole of the campaign trail and advertising. Any and all party members are encouraged to attend precinct meetings and to run for delegate (and other leadership) positions. Apathy and disinterest by the majority are not reasons to change a very effective system. For those who complain about money in politics and deceptive campaign ads, the solution is simple: Protect the caucus system.