Federal and state elections are finished, and it’s time for Bureau County residents to begin thinking about their local elected officials. On Tuesday, many area residents will gather in caucus groups across the county to choose their April general election nominees for a variety of local offices.
Caucuses are like primary elections with the results determining who will represent that political party on the April ballot for township offices, which include supervisor, clerk, road commissioner, four trustees, and in some cases, an assessor.
Bureau County Clerk Kami Hieronymus said the caucuses are an easier way to get names for the ballot instead of having individuals circulating petitions.
However, not all townships conduct caucuses to elect their officials. If a caucus is not held, in order to get on the April ballot, independent candidates must turn in petitions with the required number of signatures to the county clerk’s office. Petitions must be turned in between Dec. 17 and Dec. 26.
Caucuses to be held on Tuesday are:
Berlin Township: Democratic - 6:30 p.m., Berlin Township building in Malden; Republican - 6:30 p.m., Malden Fire House.
Bureau Township: Republican - 6:30 p.m.; Democratic - 7:30 p.m., both at Bureau Township Building.
Dover Township: Democratic - 6 p.m., Dover Township Hall; Republican - 7 p.m., Dover Township Hall.
Gold Township: Republican - 6 p.m.; Democratic - 6:30 p.m., both at Gold Township Hall.
Greenville Township: Republican - 6 p.m.; Democratic - 6:30 p.m., both at Greenville Township Building.
Hall Township: Republican - 6 p.m., Ladd Community Center, 303 S. Central St.; Democratic - 6 p.m., Lincoln Grade School, 501 E. Erie St., Spring Valley.
Manlius Township: Democratic - 6:30 p.m.; Republican - 7 p.m., both at the Manlius Township Building.
Mineral Township: Republican - 6 p.m.; Democratic - 7 p.m., both at Mineral Township Building.
Princeton Township: Republican - 6:05 p.m., Allen Building, Bureau County Fairgrounds.
Selby Township: Democratic - 6:30 p.m., Selby Township Office Building, West Fourth Street, DePue.
Walnut Township: Democratic - 7 p.m.; Republican - 7:30 p.m., both at the Walnut Township Office.
Wyanet Township: Republican - 7 p.m., Wyanet Township Hall.
The Manlius Village caucus will be held on Monday at the village hall. The Peoples Party will be at 5:30 p.m., and the Citizens Party will be at 5:50 p.m. The parties will be choosing candidates for village president, village clerk and three open trustee seats.
Selby and Leepertown townships will hold a Democratic multi-caucus for the office of multi-township assessor at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Selby Township Office Building, West Fourth Street, DePue.
Greenville and Manlius townships will hold a Republican multi-caucus for the office of multi-township assessor at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Greenville Township Building, New Bedford. The Democratic multi-caucus will be held at the same place at 6:10 p.m.
Bureau and Walnut townships will hold a Democratic multi-caucus for the office of multi-township assessor at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Walnut Township Building, Henpeck Road 410 S. Main St., Walnut. The Republican multi-caucus will be held at the same place at 7 p.m.
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