Thurston County in Nebraska was one of the last sites to host its democratic caucus. There were a total of 93 active locations within the state, but Thurston’s site was one of a kind compared to the rest.
“I’m very pleased that Nebraska Democratic Party and even the folks in Thurston County saw fit to put the caucus on the Winnebago Indian reservation,” says Thurston County caucus chairman Frank LaMere.
Out of the 93 democratic caucus locations in the state of Nebraska, only one was hosted on a Native American reservation. LaMere says it’s an added bonus to be able to exercise one’s civic duty and bring the community closer together.
“That seeks to help us foster understanding, to build bridges, and we’re all democrats. We all want to win in November and we all took those geographical concerns, but them aside tonight and came to Winnebago,” says LaMere.
But Thurston County which is noted for being one of the bluest counties within the state, does not have any official party leadership, something that LaMere says the party is looking to change in May during a county convention.
“This is the hot bed for democratic politics. Oh they hold their own here. The tribes across the country, most notably, northeast nebraska…don’t have to take the back seat percentage wise to any place in the country when it comes to democrats,” says LaMere.
Bernie Sanders would be the declared winner of the caucus, leading with 53 percent, while Hillary Clinton fell short with only 47.
Frank believes Thurston County’s caucus was a success.
“We did well today,” says LaMere.