I chose to chair my precinct in the 2020 caucus because I believe as an Iowan it is a responsibility I have to the nation. As a teacher I could offer a very specific skill set that would be helpful in maintaining an orderly event.
My volunteers and I took our projected attendance numbers and CSPS Hall into consideration to make this the most accessible and welcoming caucus we could make. I wanted to spend extra time in the beginning reminding each other that first and foremost we are precinct Cedar Rapids 35 and we had the power to determine how this caucus went. Once that tone was set, we made sure to take extra time so every group understood the new rules and could make their vote count where they intended it to.
What the national media didn’t cover was the neighborly compassion everyone had and helping members of our precinct - including first timers, varied abilities or undecideds - get to where they needed to even if it wasn’t their candidate’s corner. What the national media didn’t cover was that my precinct had so many volunteers that we were able to get the set up done quickly and help answer questions before the caucus even began. What the national media didn’t cover was while my secretary and I were finishing paper work and submitting numbers, our volunteers (from all campaigns) had cleaned up the entire space so we could keep reporting.
These experiences are worth keeping as first in the nation.