“Want to take some responsibility for your choices at election time? Want to know the candidates before you check off the little boxes on the ballot? This is the place!”

That’s the text from a poster advertising the Waldo County Republican Party caucus Saturday, February 8, in Belfast, and it goes some way toward answering the question of why parties are still caucusing even after Maine switched to primary elections last year. In addition to hearing from state and national candidates and generally warming up for Super Tuesday, party members will choose delegates and alternates for the state convention, elect local party committee officials and make recommendations for municipal ballot clerks.

Registration, coffee and socializing start at 9 a.m. Candidates will speak at 10 a.m. The caucus is scheduled to start at 11 a.m.

According to Waldo County Republican Chair JoAn Petersen, many current state and federal candidates and representatives are planning to attend, including statehouse challengers Katrina Smith (House District 96), Jessica Connor (HD 98) and Duncan Milne (Senate District 11), and incumbents MaryAnne Kinney (HD 99) and Sherman Hutchins (HD 131). Adrienne Bennett and Eric Brakey, candidates for the 2nd Congressional District seat held by Democrat Jared Golden, are also expected to appear.

The GOP has yet to put forward a candidate for Maine House District 97, currently held by Jan Dodge of Belfast, who likewise has not yet registered for re-election.

“That’s kind of in the works,” Petersen said. “Hopefully there will be somebody at the caucus, but it’s to be decided.”

The caucus will be held at Belfast Area High School, 98 Waldo Avenue. Snow date: February 9 from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, email JoAn Petersen: joanp@me.com.