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Local men chosen to attend National GOP Convention

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

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Titus Landegent
Two Plymouth County residents will be representing Iowa at the 2012 National Republican Convention in August.

Titus Landegent, of Le Mars, and Dr. Sam Clovis Jr., of Hinton, were nominated as alternate delegates to attend the convention Aug. 27-30 in Tampa, Fla.

The two men will be among 2,125 alternate delegates working alongside 2,286 delegates at the national convention, according to www.gopconvention2012.

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Dr. Sam Clovis Jr.
The main purpose of the convention is to vote on a Republican nominee for U.S. president and vice president to run in the General Election in November.

Landegent said he is looking forward to representing the Republican party at the national convention.

"I'm excited, first of all to actually be nominated as an alternate," Landegent said. "I'm also excited to be part of the election. I know the national convention is not an election, but it's all part of it."

Signing up to become delegates for their party, being nominated alternates and attending the national convention is a first for both Clovis and Landegent.

"I think it's a great experience to go down and be exposed to that number of people that are like-minded," Clovis said.

He added that his interest in attending the national convention also stems from his background as an academic and a professor.

"I thought it would be an interesting academic exercise as well to observe the process and see how it works," Clovis said.

In addition to voting on a Republican nominee for president, delegates at the national convention sit on committees that discuss ideas such as the Republican Party's platform on certain issues and bring the information to the full convention for a vote.

"As a person who studies politics, I thought that would be extremely interesting," Clovis said.

He noted he also has his own Sioux City radio program and will be broadcasting live from the national convention each day.

"That will be a different experience as well," Clovis said.

Don Kass, co-chairman of the Plymouth County Republican Party, explained that alternates such as Clovis and Landegent do more at the national convention than just fill in for delegates.

"They get to participate in the convention business," Kass said. "They rotate in and out."

He said to his knowledge this is the first time since the early 1980s that a Plymouth County Republican has been selected as an alternate or delegate to attend the national convention.

"It says for this cycle Plymouth County is on the map in Iowa," Kass said. "It speaks well of our county that we have this many people involved."

Along with sharing the role as alternate delegates, according to Landegent and Clovis this is the first time they have been actively involved in politics.

"I wanted to see if my voice, my efforts could help change people's minds," Landegent said. "I wanted to get people excited."

He said he hopes his political activities throughout the last few months will be an example to others.

"I want to care more deeply about my vote and who's representing my country," Landegent said. "Unless you get involved, nothing will happen."



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