March 20, 2023

Pocatello–Bannock County’s newest conservative organization celebrated its second anniversary with a potluck dinner and an award ceremony last Saturday evening.  Over a hundred of the organization’s members and guests, including retired senator Christy Zito, gathered to mark the occasion and discuss plans for the future.

After dinner, Coalition founder John Crowder spoke briefly about the group’s achievements, highlighting both their growing political impact and their expansion from 30 to more than 300 members.

Marcie Cates with the 2nd Annual John Crowder Freedom Award

Following Crowder’s speech, LaQueta Morgan presented the second annual John Crowder Freedom Award, which is given to a Coalition member who has demonstrated exceptional dedication to the cause of freedom in Bannock County.  This year’s recipient was Marcie Cates, who used significant amounts of personal time during the 2022 election cycles to organize the group’s campaign volunteers and literature.  In her acceptance speech, Cates thanked the volunteers who took part in prior campaigns, and emphasized the need for more volunteers in the campaigns yet to come.

The goal of the Bannock County Conservative Coalition is to elect conservatives to public office.  For more information, contact John Crowder at

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