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Let's see, who's Republicans' choice?
By PAT JENKINS
They know who their candidate is, so Republicans in Federal Way and the rest of Washington will mostly be going through the motions of presidential politics during their partys caucus next Tuesday.
Meeting at 8 p.m. in voter precinct locations statewide, party loyalists will formally begin the process of selecting delegates for state and national conventions that will culminate this summer with the nomination of President George W. Bush for re-election.
Bush as the GOPs standardbearer has been a foregone conclusion for months. Hes a shoe-in, quipped Karla Dyer, the partys first-year chairwoman of the 30th Legislative District, which includes Federal Way.
It was only a month ago when Democrats in the same district and statewide picked U.S. Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts in their partys caucus. Kerry has since virtually clinched the Democratic nomination with a string of victories in caucuses and primary elections.
Dyer speculated there will be little discussion of Bushs opponent during the GOP caucus meetings. The focus, she said, will be on the grassroots of Republican values and how their influence can be broadened by party members.
Overall, the meetings will be low-key, Dyer said, adding, Well get more excited in 2008 when a new candidate for the White House will have to be chosen.
Caucus participants will have input on the partys platform, which will be discussed further in a district convention April 22 and the King County and state conventions later in the year.
Caucus locations are available from the county Republican Party at www.kcgop.org, said Ross Marzolf, executive director.
Nine or 10 in the 30th District will be in private homes, the rest in schools and the Federal Way Senior Center, Dyer said.
Besides Federal Way, the district includes the Auburn West Hill area, Des Moins, Pacific, Algona and small parts of Milton and Kent.
Editor Pat Jenkins: 925-5565, firstname.lastname@example.org