The Colorado Republican Party has chosen Boulder as the location for its 2014 state assembly.

The biennial gathering, where the party nominates candidates for statewide office and votes on a party platform, will be held April 12 at the University of Colorado's Coors Events Center, said Colorado Republican Committee Director Shana Kohn.

Kohn said though details are still being finalized, between 9,000 and 10,000 people are expected to attend the assembly this spring at the events center, which can seat more than 11,000.

"We're excited to be bringing this to Boulder," Kohn said. "It's a great way to promote one of our campuses."

The day before the state gathering, assemblies for congressional districts and other multi-county districts will be held at the Omni Interlocken Hotel in Broomfield, Kohn said.

Kohn said the party selects a location for the assembly based on size of venues available and where the party has hosted assemblies in the past -- the party likes to move around every two years, if possible, she said. Kohn said she can't remember the party hosting an assembly in Boulder in the past.

The 2012 Republican State Assembly was held at the University of Denver, and previous assemblies have been held in Loveland, Colorado Springs and other regions throughout the state.


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Though Boulder is sometimes viewed as extremely liberal, state party officials pointed to the sizeable Republican representation in the area.

According to Boulder County voter registration statistics, there are 46,144 registered Republicans in the county, which accounts for nearly 19 percent of all registered voters in the county.

"Boulder's a part of our state, it's an important part of our state," said Colorado Republican Committee spokesman Owen Loftus. "We have a lot of Republicans up in Boulder as well. It's a beautiful campus, a beautiful area and people are excited to take part in this."

CU spokesman Bronson Hilliard said the university is "delighted" to host the Republican State Assembly.

Hilliard said the party is renting out the Coors Events Center for the day, but details are still being finalized and he didn't know yet how much the party would pay to use the space.

Boulder Convention and Visitors Bureau spokeswoman Kim Farin echoed Hilliard's sentiment, saying that she wasn't surprised the party selected Boulder for its large gathering.

"The things that convinced the organizers to choose Boulder -- good service from CU's Conference Services office and a beautiful location -- are things that appeal to a lot of meeting organizers," Farin said. "We're excited that they're coming and we'll roll out the welcome mat."

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