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Be sure to participate in the democratic process as your friends and neighbors (and the rest of the state of Iowa) help kick off the 2020 Presidential election cycle with our first-in-the-nation caucuses on Monday evening (February 3rd). Caucuses start at 7pm (doors open at 6pm).

For Riverdale residents, the Democratic and Republican caucuses will be taking place in two different locations (not at Riverdale City Hall):

Democrats will be caucusing at Riverdale Heights Elementary School; 2125 Devils Glen Road, Bettendorf. The caucus chair, according to the Scott County Democrats website, is Jim Tucker. If you’re not sure what to do at the Monday night’s caucus, the county party is offering two general information/training sessions this weekend (at UFCW Hall on Central Park Avenue in Davenport). You can click here for more information about the classes.

Republicans will be caucusing at Pleasant Valley Junior High School (Room 56); 3501 Wisconsin Street, LeClaire. According to GOP Central Committee Chair, Dave Millage, in an interview in the North Scott Press this past week, he expects lower voter turnout compared to last election. “Four years ago, we had 16 candidates. This year, we have three and one major candidate.”

Rules for running the caucuses differ between the two parties, but the goal is generally the same: build party enthusiasm, bring forward concerns and issues that can be considered as planks in the party platform, select delegates to the party county conventions, encourage young people to get involved and participate as “junior delegates” and conduct a straw poll to identify the preferential US Presidential candidate for each, respective party.

We encourage every Riverdale resident of voting age to participate in the democratic process and get involved in one of the caucus events on Monday.