Caucus turnout may have been sparse, but Tooele County Democrats are optimistic about their chances for victory in the fall general election.
Around 70 people attended Democratic caucus meetings for Tooele City and Pine Canyon precincts at Tooele Applied Technology College Tuesday night.
Similar meetings were held Tuesday night in Stockton and Stansbury Park for the rest of the county’s Democrats.
The turnout at TATC was lower than the 120 people who crowded into the basement of the Tooele County building two years ago for Tooele City Democratic party caucus meetings. But Gillian Young, county Democratic party chairwoman, was pleased with the turnout.
“We had a total of over 100 people that attended all the caucus meetings,” she said. “That was pretty good attendance for our caucus meetings.”
At TATC, Democrat caucus attendees included a diverse group.
Beverly White and Jim Gowans, veteran Tooele Democrats and former state legislators, where there along with 22-year old Carolle Abraham, who attended her first caucus meeting.
Abraham moved to Tooele City in September 2013 from Payson to work as a speech therapist for the Tooele County School District.
Abraham turned down the offer to be elected as a delegate to the Democratic party county convention.
“I am unaffiliated,” she said. “I came out to get to know people and find out more about Democrats. I plan on attending the Republican caucus meeting Thursday night.”
Some precincts had no one in attendance for the caucus meeting, while others had only one or two. The Tooele 20th precinct had one of the largest turnouts with six people.
What the Democrats lack in numbers is made up by quality, according to Young.
“I know some people only look at the label behind the name,” she said. “But if people will investigate, they will find that we have some very well qualified candidates this year with a lot to offer.”
However, as of press time today, Tooele County Democrats have been unable to field a candidate for five out of eight county offices.
“We will have a few more file before the close of filing,” said Young.
Tooele County Democrats will hold their county convention on April 3 at 7 p.m. at TATC.