OGDEN -- Shalae Larsen had never been to a caucus meeting before.
So she decided to go to a Democratic caucus at Ogden's Union Station, one of seven the party held in Weber County on Tuesday night. About 50 other people came to the meeting as well.
"I was kind of expecting more people here," she said afterward.
She considers herself "middle of the road," but leans Democratic because she wants to see more ballots cast this year. The Republican Party has a strong hold on Weber County. Dee Smith, the county attorney, is the one exception.
"Hopefully we'll change that in November, but right now it's just Dee," said Steve Olsen, county party chairman.
Not that a Democratic minority is news to Utah. Every state legislator north of Salt Lake City is a Republican, said former state representative Neil Hansen, who attended the caucus meeting.
Still, Larsen and others do not feel discouraged to be Democrats in Weber County.
"It's fun to be the oddballs," said George Donahue.
His wife, Colleen, added that they don't want to be "sheep."
At the caucus meeting, the attendees broke up into groups based on their voting precincts and selected the delegates they want to represent them and their views at the Weber County Convention, which will be held in April. In her group, Larsen was nominated as a county delegate.
Her group also assigned roles, such as secretary and treasurer, to support their candidates and help get the vote out. Her group, consisting of five people, discussed whether they could assign more than one role to a member because of how few they were in number.
They asked if that was allowed -- it was -- and they had other questions about the caucus and convention process.
Spencer Barker, chairman of the 9th legislative district, got their questions answered. He had just been nominated as chairman Tuesday night because the former chairwoman's home is now in a new district.
More than a few people admitted they weren't sure which district they belong to, now that the lines have been redrawn, and had to consult maps and ask around the room.
"It was a little chaotic, but we got through it -- hallelujah," Barker said.
The focus now turns to the conventions and encouraging more of their neighbors to vote. The Donahues would like to see their party organize and get more people to vote this year, particularly in their mostly low-income area.
Larsen feels her neighborhood in central Ogden is still strong for the party. She noted how Rep. Jeremy Peterson, R-Ogden, barely beat out Hansen for his Utah Legislature seat in 2010.
Barker feels confident that, at least, the Democrats will see a second term from President Barack Obama.
"He's a lock, as far as I'm concerned," he said.
The Republican Party caucus meetings are scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday. For caucus locations, visit www.utgop.org.