The fact that many Utahns had to wait in long lines to vote in Tuesday's presidential primary is unfortunate. The high turnout at this historically early election, however, is good news. When given the opportunity to help choose presidential candidates, Utah voters stepped up.

I hope we'll see the same kind of enthusiasm this year over local races. It's no longer enough to vote in November. If we want a say in who the candidates are, we need to get involved much earlier.

It all starts at the March 25 local party caucuses where delegates are elected. We don't have to just settle for whoever is on the ballot in November. By dedicating a couple of hours at a caucus meeting and a day at a convention, each of us can have a big impact on Utah's future.

Lisa Johnson