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 third 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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County Commissioner Candidates

Two Democratic candidates have elected to run for seats in Commissioner Districts 1 & 2. Eligible electors will receive ballots by mail and vote by mailing those ballots or depositing the ballots at a drop-off location by election day on November 8th, 2016.

<b>Keith Baker</b> Candidate for Commissioner District 1

Keith Baker Candidate for Commissioner District 1

<b>Bill Dvorak</b> Candidate for Commissioner District 2

Bill Dvorak Candidate for Commissioner District 2

Keith Baker, a Buena Vista trustee and executive director of Friends of Browns Canyon, will run for Chaffee County District One. The seat is currently occupied by Dennis Giese, who will be term limited for the 2016 election.

Bill Dvorak, a Nathrop businessman,  will run as a Democratic candidate for the District 2 Chaffee County commissioner seat. The District 2 seat is now held by Commissioner Frank Holman, who is term-limited. Continue reading

Colorado 2016 ballot measures

Six statewide ballot measures were certified for the 2016 ballot in the state of Colorado as of August 17, 2016.

Amendment 69 would create ColoradoCare, a new state healthcare system.

Amendment T would remove an exception to the prohibition of slavery that allows individuals to be held in involuntary servitude if convicted of a crime.

Amendment U would grant a property tax exemption for possessory interests whose value is $6,000 or less.

The $12 Minimum Wage Amendment (I-101) would increase the minimum wage to $9.30 per hour with annual increases of $0.90 each January 1 until it reaches $12 per hour effective January 2020, and annually adjusts it thereafter for cost-of-living increases.

The Medical Aid in Dying Initiative (I-145) would make assisted death legal among patients with a terminal illness who receive a prognosis of death within six months.

The Requirements for Initiated Constitutional Amendments Amendment (I-96) would require that any petition for a citizen-initiated constitutional amendment be signed by at least two percent of the registered electors who reside in each state senate district for the amendment to be placed on the ballot. Continue reading

2016 Election Information

Meet the Democratic Candidates

U.S. Senate: Michael Bennet

U.S. House of Representatives, District 5: Misty Plowright

Colorado State House, District 60: David Higginbotham

Eleven seats on Colorado’s state-level courts are up for retention elections on November 8, 2016. One seat on the Colorado Supreme Court joins ten seats held by judges on the Colorado Court of Appeals on the ballot. If retained, a supreme court justice serves for ten years and an appeals court judge serves for eight years prior to the next retention election.

William Alderton is a judge for the Chaffee County Court in Colorado. He was appointed to the court in 1990. Chaffee County Judges and Staff.

Chaffee County Commissioners

To check your affiliation status online go to or call the Clerk’s office at (719) 539-4004.

Chaffee County Clerk Website

Colorado Democratic Party 2016 Platform

Major Themes that Emerged for 2016

We reaffirm our belief that our democracy should be centered around its people. Whether it was calling for increasing access to the ballot box by implementing a presidential primary, or taking money out of politics, or changing the roles for super delegates, more than 45 resolutions were passed with a demand that we make our democracy fair, accessible to all, and devoid of the influence of unfettered campaign cash. These topics were already included in our 2014 platform, but received intense support from every corner of the state.

We reaffirm our support for universal health care for all of our residents. The party platform has long-held that health care is a human right, and this was strongly reemphasized this year. Over 20 counties submitted resolutions to support Amendment 69 (ColoradoCare), which would establish a universal health care system for the state of Colorado.

We believe education should be guaranteed to all, and not determined by wealth. The costs of education, from preschool to college, have skyrocketed out of control and have gone out of reach for many Coloradans. More than a dozen resolutions were offered to ensure that education, the bedrock of opportunity in the US, remains accessible to all.

Colorado Democratic Party 2016 Platform


Seven inches of snow falling outside could not dampen the enthusiasm of two dozen or so Party leaders who nestled into the modern, rustic elegance of the home of Jackie Rawlings and TJ Hittle. Scheduled speakers, County Clerk Lori Mitchell and political consultant, Shad Murib, also braved the weather.

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