Elections are just around the corner and tonight the presidential debate will kick off the last month of campaigning for both the Democratic and Republican parties. We wanted to take a closer look at what the parties are doing in our area.
The Bonneville County Republicans have opened their campaign headquarters and they’re using it as a rallying point for local republicans to get out the vote and to help educate citizens on issues affecting our area.
“It’s educating the voters; once the voters are given information that’s reliable we trust them to make the right decisions” said Chairman of the Bonneville County Republican Central Committee, Doyle Beck.
The Republican Party has high hopes for this election year, including presidential favorite Mitt Romney.
“When November 6th comes around we’ll have a successful Romney/Ryan presidency, we’ll have a Janet Trujillo and Linden Bateman elected to the state legislature and we’ll still maintain by a large majority, the laws passed, that was proposed by Superintendent Luna and passed by the legislatures” continued Beck.
While the Republican Party is doing a lot, they aren’t’ the only ones who have big plans before the elections in November.
“Well for tonight what we’re going to do is we’re going to host a viewing of the presidential debate between President Barak Obama and Mitt Romney and we’re just going to have people come in, we’re going to put it up on the big screen right here, people can come and watch” said Secretary for the Bonneville County Democrats, Dylan Barfuss.
The democrats are hoping the interest in the presidential race will also spark interest in some of the local races.
“Really if you think about it, it’s the local races that really impact our daily lives more so we’re hoping to use the interest in the presidential race to have people come in see what President Barack Obama has done, what he can do for us, and while they’re here show them information about the great local candidates we have here in Bonneville County” continued Barfuss.
One thing both parties can agree on is how important it is for residents to vote.
“I know of people who have that kind of mentality, who probably sympathize with the democrats and probably are one, but maybe just not know it yet and they think, what difference e does it make, the republicans are going to win, but the last election there was about 38,000 democrats who didn’t vote, and if all of them would have come out think of the races that would have impacted and it could’ve been a lot different” said Barfuss.
“I think that’s a big problem with voter turnout and with people going to vote properly because they do get complacent, they think oh we’re a red state we’ve got it made, but there’s too many other offices, I mean the president is one office but we have like our state legislatures and particularly this yes campaign” said Beck.
The presidential debate will be tonight at 7 p.m. if you’d like more information on local candidates you can text GOP to 91011 for the Republican Party or click on this link for the Democratic Party.