Tuesday, April 03, 2018
My First Precinct Caucus
In 1976, I was finally old enough to vote. This allowed me to participate in my first precinct caucus. This was, of course a presidential year. The Republicans would hold their precinct caucus at the luxurious Lonneker estate. The Democrats held their caucus at Sharpstein School in the teacher's conference room.
I got mentioned on front page of the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin for being chosen as a Scoop Jackson delegate. It was kind of ironic, because in 1976, I supported one of his opponents (Carl Maxey) for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate. Senator Jackson, after all, was a "hawk" on the war in Viet Nam. By 1976, however, the war was over and many of the hard feelings toward Jackson in the party had heeled. I supported Jackson because he was from Washington, therefore the home team. Because of his strong views of defense, his appeal spread beyond party lines. After all, 4 years earlier, Senator George McGovern was soundly defeated while running on an anti-war platform.
I was able to attend my first county convention, but the party regulars squeezed me out and I did not get to attend the state convention. In later years, I was a delegate many times to the state convention.