September 20, 2011, 7:00pm
Wasatch County Building
After the prayer and pledge, the county chair Aaron Gabrielson explained that beyond the tactics of winning elections, the purpose of the Republican party is to advance the ideals of individual liberty and limited government. Everything the party does should be a means to that end. He explained that it is important to remember that winning elections isn't the purpose, just the way we advance the principles of the party.
The meeting began with a video presentation from the Utah Republican Party in which the state party goals were outlined:
Elect Republicans to the four Utah Congressional seats
Improve caucus attendance in 2012
Register 25% of Republicans to vote by mail
Register 55% of all voters as Republicans
We discussed the specific targets required of Wasatch county to do our part in hitting the state party goals. The Precinct Chairs and Vice-Chairs will be the key to making it happen.
The reason why vote by mail is so important is because of the high percentage of ballots returned. If 25% of Republicans had been registered to vote by mail, Rep. Jim Matheson would have lost the election in 2010. Vote by mail is the key to delivering victories in the important 2012 races. The county executive committee is working out the details on the vote by mail program. They will have details soon for the precinct chairs to take action on.
We discussed the locations for the March caucuses. Each Precinct Chair should submit their proposed location for their caucus by November 1st. All caucus locations should be in public places from now on.
The Wasatch County Lincoln Day Breakfast will be held on Saturday, February 11th at 8:30am - 10:00am at the Soldier Hollow Clubhouse. Proposed ticket prices will be $15 per person or $25 per couple.
Both Bylaws and Platform committees need to be established. The central committee needs to find three people to serve on each of these committees. Anyone who would like to serve on these important committees should contact one of the county officers.
We are in the process of setting up a Young Republicans group. We are looking for a candidate to be the chapter president for Wasatch County.