The Idaho Caucuses - The Volunteers


Judy Carson and Kim Didier were first-time volunteers for a political event.
  • Anne Henderson
  • Judy Carson and Kim Didier were first-time volunteers for a political event.

Judy Carson, 46, of Boise, sat near the top row of the second tier of seating in Taco Bell Arena Tuesday night with her 17-year-old daughter Emily. Judy was there not only to cast her vote for the GOP nominee at Idaho’s first-ever GOP caucuses but also to volunteer at the voting booths.

When asked why she felt it was important to be at the caucus, Carson replied she was there simply “to support the Republican Party.” Carson had signed up to volunteer after the urging of her friend, Kim Didier, 38, of Boise, who was able to rally nine other people to be volunteers at Idaho’s caucus as well.

Idaho’s first caucus was also the very first time either woman had volunteered for a political event. Carson said she brought her daughter Emily because she wanted Emily to be a part of an event that would help determine who she would have a chance to vote for November. Emily, a Centennial High School student, will turn 18 in August.

A hearty supporter of the Republican Party, Carson said she would vote for the Republican nominee no matter what. “Anyone but Obama,” she said.

However, when pressed, Carson revealed her wish to see Mitt Romney win the GOP nomination.

“I am voting for Mitt Romney because I know he is the one who can turn the economy around.”

Beyond the trust she places in what she termed his “valuable business experience,” Carson said what she really appreciates about Romney is his personal character.

“I like his conservativeness, very moral, very good integrity … he’s a good guy.”

And although Carson said she missed Romney while he was visiting Idaho because of work obligations, she has every intention of supporting him throughout his campaign if he is chosen as the GOP nominee. And so does her friend Didier, who convinced Carson to volunteer in the first place.

While BW was speaking with Carson, Didier returned to her seat, cheeks flushed red and out of breath from running down to the Romney support tables to see if they had any more signs.

“They didn’t have any signs or stickers or anything. They were fresh out,” she exclaimed.

When asked how she would feel if Romney didn’t win the nomination, Didier replied, “I won’t be very happy about it. I’ll cry all through the voting process.”

Didier explained the importance the Idaho caucus held for her this way: “I’ve been complaining for years that people in Idaho haven’t had a say in who our presidential candidate is going to be. Every year, every four years, it’s always decided before it gets here, who it’s going to be,” she said. “And so when I heard that we had a caucus this year I just had to put my money where my mouth is and get out and volunteer and be a part of it because it was exciting to me after all of these years of not having a voice, we finally get a say so in who we want our candidate to be. So it's important.”

Didier said worries for the future of her four children have also influenced her decision to be more active in the political process, including a son serving in the Army who is currently stationed in Kuwait.

“So we have that as a concern,” she said.

Will Didier continue to volunteer if Romney wins the nomination?

“Yeah, I plan on getting involved in the campaign if I can. Absolutely.”