New Chaffee County Democratic Party Officers Elected

We are excited to announce that at the Chaffee County Democratic Re-Organization Meeting today at the Poncha Springs Town Hall the Chaffee County Democratic Central Committee elected our new Party officers.

Erin Kelley – Chair
Lori Mitchell – Vice Chair
Kristen Van Norman – 2nd Vice Chair
Louise Olsen-Marquez – Secretary
Theresa Cortese – Treasurer

Elected Chaffee Democratic Party Officers – Left to Right – Louise Olsen-Marquez (Secretary), Theresa Cortese (Treasurer), Lori Mitchell (Vice Chair), Erin Kelley (Chair), and Kristen Van Norman (2nd Vice Chair)

Senator Kerry Donovan – Legislative Update

This session so far…

Here’s a link to all the bills I am currently working on: Kerry’s Bills

A Couple of Highlights

SB19-075 Display Original Colorado Constitution – The bill requires the state archivist to develop and implement a plan to provide a permanent public display of the original Colorado Constitution in the state capitol building. This bill passed out of State and Military Affairs yesterday on a 4-1 vote! Here’s an article highlighting the hearing.

Last year’s bill didn’t pass:

HB18-1312-  Open Internet Customer Protections In Colorado – Concerning the protection of the open internet by disincentivizing internet service providers from engaging in practices that interfere with the open internet by limiting the provider’s access to available funds if the it is found to be responsible for such practices.

I hope this year’s does:

HB19-078 – Open Internet Customer Protections In Colorado – Concerning the protection of the open internet, and, in connection therewith, disqualifying an internet service provider from receiving high cost support mechanism money. This bill will be heard Monday.

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Chaffee County Democrats Re-organization Meeting

Chaffee County Democrats will hold a re-organization meeting to elect officers, appoint precinct officials, and plan activities for 2019 on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at the Poncha Springs Town Hall. Registration is at 9:30AM and the meeting will begin at 10:00AM. The meeting is set for 10AM and take about an hour.

You are encouraged to help save time by PRE-Registering. Please send your name, email address, and telephone number by email to

Please plan to arrive at 9:30AM for registration if you have not pre-registered.

Chaffee Democratic Party Holiday Party

We had a wonderful evening on Saturday night at the Chaffee County Democratic Holiday Party in Buena Vista. We enjoyed a delicious buffet dinner featuring stuffed pork loin and live music from Off The Grid. Chaffee County Clerk Lori Mitchell received the Democrat of the Year award, Dan Cassidy received the Volunteer of the Year award, and Erin Kelley received the Rising Star award. A good time was had by all.

Susan K. Shepherd, Chair
Chaffee County Democratic Party

Chaffee Democratic Party Vice Chair JoAnne Allen presents the Chaffee County Clerk Lori Mitchell with the Democrat of the Year award

Chaffee Democrats 2018 Holiday Party

The Chaffee Democrats Holiday Party will be on December 15th from 4pm – 7pm at the Liar’s Lodge, 30000 CR 371, Buena Vista, CO 81211 and will feature a delicious catered dinner, live music, and awards presented for Democrat of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and Rising Star. We can’t wait to see you at the party and celebrate all of our amazing 2018 victories with everyone.

Tickets at the door of the event are $40.00.