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Locals Gear Up For 2012 Caucus At EPHS

By: Michelle Hurni

On Jan. 21, 2012, the Estes Park Tea Party Patriots gathered at the library to learn about the 2012 Colorado election process.

A main focus at the meeting was the Colorado caucus process. The Colorado Republican caucus takes place on Tuesday, February 7th at 7:00 p.m. at the Estes Park High School. At the caucus, voters get involved at the most basic level, with speeches by locals who are passionate about their chosen candidate, election of precinct representatives and delegates who will represent your district all the way to the Republican National Convention, and pick local candidates for the Colorado Republican primary ballot. Pre-registration for the caucus can be completed online at: The Democrat caucus is on Tuesday, March 6. Links to websites concerning both caucuses can be found at a post on

A straw poll of Tea Party attendees for the 2012 Republican presidential nominee resulted in the top three: Newt Gingrich (36%), Mitt Romney (32%), and Rick Santorum (23%).

With the 2010 census, the district lines for Colorado precincts were redrawn and Estes Park remained in the 49th Colorado House district, which encompasses Larimer County, but minus Fort Collins and Loveland, and plus Windsor in Weld County. Running for that newly drawn district for the Republicans is Perry Buck, who spoke at the meeting.

Perry is the wife of Ken Buck, the District Attorney for Weld County who ran against Michael Bennet in the 2010 U.S. Senate race in Colorado. Perry is a Weld County Councilwoman, life insurance agent, successful small business owner, and a constitutional conservative who is committed to preserving Colorado’s heritage. She wants to fight against unnecessary government regulations, embrace immigrants who want to assimilate into the American culture through legal citizenship, and uphold the 2nd Amendment. She has been involved in all levels of government in Colorado, including serving in the administration of former Governor Bill Owens as the Northeast Business Development representative for the Colorado Office of Economic Development. Her goal: “I look forward to helping get Colorado back to work.”

Perry currently has no challengers for the House seat, either Republican or Democrat. She expects to have an opponent in the November election. For more information about her campaign, go to

Mack Hunt informed the group that he has heard from a new Tea Party arm, the Rocky Mountain Black Tea Party, which marched in the Martin Luther King parade.

The Estes Park Tea Party Patriots is non-partisan, and consists of Republicans, Democrats and Independents. Supporters are committed to educating the public about their core values of government fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, and free markets. During 2012, the local Tea Party will hold meetings the third Saturday of every month in the Estes Valley Library at 1:00 p.m. The next meeting is on February 18 and will feature Kevin Lundberg and other guest speakers.


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