The delegates will be uncommitted to any candidate at the state convention. The majority of those selected stated they wanted the candidate who was most likely to defeat President Barack Obama. Those that did state a preference were split between Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul.
"They are not bound to vote for any specific candidate at the district or state convention," said County Republican Central Committee President Wayne Jean.
The district convention delegates selected were Tiffany Parris of Dexter, Carol Jarrell of Dexter, George Gilbert, IV, of Bernie, Debra Pfannenstiel of Bernie, Ron Garner of Dexter, Vernon Allen of Dexter, Galen Cato of Bernie, Doug Scott of Puxico, Marietta Ream of Bernie, Shelia Jackson of Dexter, Sean Cato of Bernie, Rose Ann Chadwell of Dexter, Gary Jackson of Dexter and Jeff Rodgers of Bernie.
The district convention alternate delegates selected were Marvin Garner of Dexter, Michelle Nelson of Puxico, Samantha Bacon of Dexter, Evelyn Griffin of Dexter, Waynetta Rodgers of Bernie, Don Botsch of Bernie, Tyler Perkins of Bernie, Cindy Perkins of Bernie, Gary Summers of Bernie, Millie Dauck of Bernie, Gerald Griffin of Dexter, Juanita Bacon of Dexter, Montie White of Bloomfield and Dale Kirkbride of Dexter.
Jean presided at the caucus. Secretary Danny Talkington was also at the head table. Members of the Central Committee including Vice President Ethelene Montgomery and Parliamentarian Debby Agey sat in front along with members of the Rules Committee and Credentials Committee.
The same slate of delegates was also selected to attend the state convention.
Jean called for a show of hands for those who wished to be a delegate and there were over 30 who wanted to represent the county as a delegate. Jean informed them that they would have to pay their own expenses to both the district convention and the state convention. After that, each member of the group was given a piece of paper to submit their names. The names were put into a straw hat belonging to Gerald Griffin, according to Jean.
The names were then drawn from the hat with the first 14 names selected as delegates, and the next 14 names selected were alternates. Each potential delegate was presented to the entire group for approval. All were approved.
Jean said the elected delegates must notify the Central Committee by April 21 if they cannot attend the convention. If anyone steps down, the alternates will be chosen in the order they were selected.
A few county residents arrived after they doors were locked promptly at 10 a.m. They were not allowed to enter because the credentials committee had moved into Courtroom A for the caucus and were not available to register anyone else, according to Jean. The turnout exceeded what was anticipated and chairs had to be gathered from another courtroom to accommodate those present.
The delegates will represent Butler County at the District 8 Republican Convention, which will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 2, in the Gamma Conference Center in Poplar Bluff and at the State Republican Convention in Springfield June 1 and 2.
Three delegates and three alternates to the National Republican Convention plus one presidential elector will be selected in each of the eight congressional districts in Missouri.
Missouri's 52-member delegation at the National Republican Convention in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 27-31, will include the 24 delegates selected at the congressional district caucuses, the 25 selected at the state convention, the state committeeman, state committeewoman and state Republican Party chairman.