First Saturday Breakfast – meet to discuss issues important to Democrats every month on the first Saturday of the month alternating between Salida and Buena Vista. Please join in anytime.

Executive and Central Committee meetings – Mark the fourth Thursday of each month for the leadership to discuss the direction and focus of our local fellow Democrats. Please contact our Chairperson to be added to their the agenda.

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Our New Officers

The Chaffee County Democrats Feb. 4 Reorganization Meeting at Salida Community Center was well attended by more than 70 local Democrats. As Commissioner Keith Baker said, “The energy was palpable!” The first order of business was electing an entire slate of new officers. These folks will lead us for the next two years as we rebuild grassroots support for the party here in Chaffee County.

New Chaffee County Democrats officers are, from left, Kristen Van Norman, second vice chair; JoAnne Allen, vice chair; Susan Shepherd, chairwoman; Nikol Noll, treasurer; and Joe Stone, secretary.

New Chaffee County Democrats officers are, from left, Kristen Van Norman, second vice chair; JoAnne Allen, vice chair; Susan Shepherd, chairwoman; Nikol Noll, treasurer; and Joe Stone, secretary.

Feb. 4 Re-organization Meeting Agenda

Chaffee County Democrats Biannual Re-organization Meeting
8:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4
at the Salida Community Center
305 F St., Salida, Colo.

Official Party Business

Registration (8:30-9:00 a.m.)
Call to order (9:00 a.m.)
Welcome letter from Chairman Palacio
Election of County Chair
Election of 1st Vice Chair
Election of 2nd Vice Chair (if the county has a 2nd VC)
Election of Secretary
Election of Treasurer
Election of Commissioner District officers and Vacancy Committee
Election of Senate District bonus member (1)
Election of House District bonus members (2)

Please note: only Central Committee members are eligible to vote. The Central Committee consists of Chaffee County Democrats officers, committee chairpersons and official precinct representatives.

New Business
2017 Kick Off Meeting: 2017 – Year of Victory in Chaffee County

We will:

  • Organize for Victory in 2017
  • Announce new Precinct and Committee Chairs
  • Energize the “New Activist Dems”
  • Meet Chaffee County Elected Officials: Lori Mitchell & Keith Baker

Breakfast will be available. Suggested voluntary donation for breakfast is $6
For more information email

Celebrating the Season

We enjoyed a good turnout for the 2016 Chaffee County Democrats Holiday Party at The Branding Iron in Buena Vista. Newly elected county commissioner Keith Baker spoke about the challenges of serving as commissioner in a historically Republican county and urged Democrats to get involved by serving on the county’s various boards and commissions. Keith reminded us that the more Democrats we have serving, the more effectively he can do his job as county commissioner.

We enjoyed prime rib, chicken or vegetarian pasta, and no one left hungry! Afterward several of us headed over to The Lariat for some funky live music by the band Euforquestra. All-in-all we had lots of fun and will look forward to doing it again next year!

2016 Holiday Party at The Branding Iron

2016 Holiday Party at The Branding Iron


Re-organization Meeting Feb. 4

Please join us at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Salida Community Center (F and Third streets) as we elect new officers to lead the Chaffee County Democrats for the next two years. Breakfast will be served.

Given the results of the recent election, Democrats and U.S. democracy face significant challenges as the Tea Party-dominated GOP seeks to undermine and dismantle government at every level. We must come together to stand against this Republican travesty, and that begins with electing a leadership team that will energize and educate our local citizenry. We especially need Central Committee members to attend. This includes committee chairs and precinct chairs from all 15 precincts.

Holiday Party

6-9 p.m. Saturday, December 10 at

The Branding Iron in Buena Vista
710 US Hwy. 24 North on the corner at Crossman (CR 350)

Join us to celebrate the holidays and share good food and good cheer at The Branding Iron. The evening will begin with a social hour at 5:30 (cash bar). Dinner will begin at 6:00.

The menu will feature prime rib, chicken, baked potato, salad and vegetable.

Tickets cost $25.00 at the door.

To reserve a spot, please call or email Jim Osborne (395-6362 or or Dick Lee ( Please make your reservations by Dec. 8. We look forward to seeing you all there!

Congratulations and Thanks

On behalf of the Chaffee County Democrats, we extend a hearty congratulations to Keith Baker for his election to the Board of Chaffee County Commissioners in District 1. Running for office as a Democrat in Chaffee County is always an uphill battle, and Keith waged an excellent campaign to accomplish that feat. In this case, the best man won! Thank you Keith for running and for your future service to the residents of Chaffee County.

We also extend our gratitude to Bill Dvorak for putting forth the time and energy to run a positive campaign for county commissioner. In spite of Bill’s many qualifications for the job, attacks from the right took a toll, and while we are disappointed in the election results, we greatly appreciate Bill’s efforts and hope to carry his platform forward in future elections.

Finally, we thank all of those who volunteered their time and talents to support our local candidates and promote a Democratic agenda. To the many people who registered people to vote, canvassed neighborhoods, made phone calls, attended fundraisers, gave monetary contributions, wrote letters to the editor and helped in other ways, thank you for your dedication and generosity.