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Keep the caucuses

Phil Emmi fills out an attendee form as a Democratic caucus is held at Dilworth Elementary School in Salt Lake City, Tuesday, March 13, 2012.\r\n
Phil Emmi fills out an attendee form as a Democratic caucus is held at Dilworth Elementary School in Salt Lake City, Tuesday, March 13, 2012.\r\n
Ravell Call, Deseret News

I was a little disturbed by Tiani Coleman's editorial ("Don't be fooled, Utah; we must change the caucus system," March 25). Our caucus system actually allows the regular folks of our state more access to and input with our elected representatives than we would have in a primary system.

With our caucus system, a few people in every neighborhood will have the opportunity to interact personally with candidates for governor, Congress, the state Legislature, etc.

Without the caucus system, as is true in other states, those candidates would only give one-on-one time to people with lots of money or influence and almost never to some working person. In this way, the caucus system is far more egalitarian and accessible across the state than a primary process would be. Keep the caucuses.

F. Chad Copier

Highland