DIAMONDHEAD, MS (WLOX) - Across the country, caucuses were held Saturday as part of the process to elect delegates. Some of those elected will be chosen to represent the state and will cast their vote in August to formally choose a nominee for president.
More than 50 people gathered around the Diamondhead Community Center to exercise the right to vote. By a show of hands, Kim Lunde was voted to represent the precinct in the county convention.
Lunde says the crowd is a welcome sight after only seven people turned out four years ago.
"It says people have a deep rooted concern about where our country is going, and they want to participate in shaping the direction of our country and turning that around," Lunde said.
Sherri Bevis was chosen as an alternate delegate.
"I think for me, I'd love to go to the presidential convention and be a part of that process as a state delegate," Bevis said. "I feel like the more you get involved, the more you can change in the community."
Henry Foreman came out to cast his vote, but he also hopes to be appointed as part of the Republican Executive Committee.
"I believe in putting the right people in the right place, and the only way to do that is to get involved. You can't sit back and say you should have or I wish I would have," Foreman said. "I feel if you don't vote and don't get out and do something, you don't have a right to complain."
In addition to choosing delegates to cast ballots for the state, the committee also takes on other important duties.
Lunde said, "We handle the primaries; we conduct the primaries; we oversee them; we make sure our candidates are true republicans that they embrace our ideals and are prepared to run their campaign."
Precinct Caucus for the Democratic Party were held in February. These caucus elections only take place once every four years.