Rand Paul to hold town hall in Logan County

Senator will be on ballot for this weekend’s Republican presidential caucus

By OJ Stapleton - [email protected]

U.S. Senator Rand Paul will hold a Town Hall event in Logan County at 10 a.m. Friday, March 4th, at Roy’s BBQ on Sarah Lane.

Over the last two weeks, Sen. Paul has held a series of town halls across Kentucky, and thousands of Kentuckians have come out to discuss the issues facing both the Commonwealth and the nation.

Sen. Paul released the following statement:

“After spending the last several weeks traveling across Kentucky for a series of town hall events, I am excited to be visiting Logan County to speak with the local community about the issues facing both Kentucky and our nation,” Paul said. “I look forward to the opportunity to personally address the community’s concerns and share what I’m doing in the Senate to fight for Kentucky’s best interests.”

This event is free to attend and open to the public and media.

Paul will be on the ballot this weekend for the first-ever Kentucky Republican Presidential Caucus, which will be held on Saturday, March 5.

The Republican Caucus, unlike previous primaries, will be held in March instead of May and will be handled completely by the local Republican party. The county clerk’s office is in charge of the May primary.

“We are not involved with the caucus at all,” said Logan County Clerk Scottie Harper. “We will help them if they ask for it, but we don’t put that on at all. The guidelines and everything come from the state Republican party.”

There will still be a May primary for every other office scheduled to be on the ballot this year, except for the Republican presidential nomination.

“Our role is to do the May primary,” Harper said. “We’ll have every item on there, except for that.”

Paul will also be on the ballot in the May primary, but in that, he will be running for reelection to his U.S. Senate seat.

In the Republican Caucus, only registered Republicans are eligible to vote on March 5.

Every county Republican Party has the option to hold a caucus or conduct a regional caucus with neighboring counties. A typical county party will hold its own caucus in one location. The most populous counties will have multiple caucus locations.

The voting process will be similar to a typical Kentucky election. Voters will show identification, sign in, and vote by secret ballot. However, the voting locations are different.

In Logan County, the caucus will be held at the GOP Headquarters on the Russellville square. Voting hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“It will be a very simple process to vote in the caucus,” said Larry Noe, the executive director of the Logan County Republican party. “You will just have to sign in and mark who you want to vote for on the ballot.”

Presidential candidates had to their declaration of candidacy with the Republican Party of Kentucky by January 7, 2016. The following candidates have filed for the March 5, 2016 Caucus: Jeb Bush, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, John Kasich, Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina, Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee.

Noe said that even those candidates who have suspended their campaigns, such as Paul, will still be on the caucus ballot.

A list of other caucus locations can be found on the Kentucky Republicans website, rpk.org.

Senator will be on ballot for this weekend’s Republican presidential caucus

By OJ Stapleton

[email protected]

To contact OJ Stapleton, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.

To contact OJ Stapleton, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.

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