“It does not surprise me that our Democrats prefer a primary,” Party Chairman Justin St. Clair said. “Our candidates will be selected in the light of day at the polls, not behind closed doors. The caucus system in this county mainly benefits status quo candidates, robbing the average citizen of their voice in the process. This system allows a small group of people to determine who everyone else gets to vote for in the general election. By allowing every citizen the opportunity to help choose the candidates for their party, we ensure a more open and honest election, thus engaging more people in the political process.”
The Primary Democratic election will be held along with the March Presidential election at no cost to the county. The two county offices on the ballot will be Rutherford County Road Superintendent and Property Assessor.
For the 2010 election, both the local Republicans and Democrats opted to hold caucuses instead of primaries.
At the time, primaries would have been held separately from other elections and by choosing to caucus, they saved the county around $100,000.