Welcome

This is the official website of the Chaffee County Democrats. Please explore the site and learn more about our local chapter of the Democratic Party. Click on the Events tab to view our calendar of upcoming events and plan to join us and help promote progressive values in Chaffee County, Colorado.

Mark the fourth Thursday of each month for Central Committee meetings. All Democrats are welcome. Please contact our chairperson to be added to the agenda.

See our Calendar for details.

Important Chaffee County Democratic caucus & assembly information

Precinct caucuses will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, at the following locations:

• Precincts 1-4 will meet at Avery Parsons Elementary School, 516 E. Main St., Buena Vista.
• Precincts 5-9 will meet at Longfellow Elementary School, 425 W. Seventh St., Salida.

Twenty-six delegates will be elected to attend the Chaffee County assembly, three from each precinct except Precinct 4, which will have only two delegates.

The Chaffee County assembly will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 17, at Poncha Springs Town Hall, 330 Burnett Ave, Poncha Springs. Fourteen delegates will be selected at the county assembly to attend the state assembly, which will be held Saturday, April 14, in Broomfield.

As far as we know, the other multi-county district assemblies of which we are a part (HD 60, SD 5 and CD 5) will be held in conjunction with the state assembly. Not all candidates currently running will make the ballot, so if you are supporting a particular candidate, you should organize to turn out other people in support. Information about caucus training will be forthcoming.

Finally, our county precincts have been updated, please check these maps to determine your precinct.

Follow this link for more info at the Chaffee County Clerk website.

2017 Holiday Party

More than 100 people attended the Chaffee County Democrats 2017 Holiday Party, including Colorado Senator Kerry Donovan, County Commissioner Keith Baker, Salida City Councilwoman Cheryl Brown-Kovacik and  Congressional District 5 candidates Betty Field and Stephany Rose.

The 2017 Holiday Party at Seasons Cafe in Salida.

Salida City Councilwoman Cheryl Brown-Kovacic presents the Democrat of the Year award to Eileen Rogers.

The Chaffee County Democrats honored Volunteers of the Year Louise Olsen-Marquez (left) and Susanna Spaulding (right), Democrat of the Year Eileen Rogers (left center) and Rising Star Kristen Van Norman.

Former city councilwoman Eileen Rogers expresses gratitude for community support during her Democrat of the Year acceptance speech.

Holiday Party Dec. 9

The Chaffee County Democrats invite you to our 2017 Holiday Party, 5-8 p.m. Saturday, December 9, at Seasons Café, Salida.

 

Join us for:

Colorado farm-to-table heavy hors d’oeuvres and sweets.
Live music with the incredibly talented Andy Sydow.
Signature cocktails craft beers and wine.
A silent auction.
Presentation of the Democrat of the Year award to former Salida City Councilwoman Eileen Rogers.

Adults $30. Students $12. To purchase tickets now, fill out the form on the upper right side of this web page and complete your transaction through PayPal using a credit or debit card.

2017 Barbecue and Fundraiser

If you weren’t able to attend the Chaffee County Democrats Barbecue, we had a great turnout – standing room only! Elaine Allemang provided a spread of excellent barbecue and sides. More than a dozen elected officials and candidates for office at the local, state and federal level attended. The talented members of Blue Recluse Trio provided great music. And we raised some much-needed funds to support democratic candidates and values in upcoming elections while having a great time! The energy was palpable and positive. Go Dems!

Approximately 150 people attended the 2017 Chaffee County Democrats Barbecue!

Chaffee County Democrats Chair Susan Shepherd sports plenty of patriotic flair as she announces guest speakers.

Chaffee County Commissioner Keith Baker reminds us that Democrats are as patriotic as any Americans, if not more so!

Chaffee County Clerk Lori Mitchell talks about the real work of responsible government.

Our state senator, Kerry Donovan, talks about her efforts to enact legislation that supports rural Colorado communities.

Brad Levin, attorney general candidate, talks about his wealth of legal experience.

Attorney general candidate Joe Salazar talks about his experience fighting for Democratic values in public office.

Attorney general candidate Michael Dougherty discusses political issues with local Democrats.

Pharmacist and U.S. Senate candidate Dustin Leitzel emphasizes the need to ensure access to health care and utilize sound science to inform government policy.

Join us for our annual barbecue 4-7 p.m. July 29

Senator Kerry Donovan speaks at the 2016 Chaffee County Democrats Barbecue. The senator will also attend the 2017 barbecue Saturday, July 29.

The annual Chaffee County Democrats Barbecue and Fundraiser will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. at Poncha Springs Town Hall and Chipeta Park, 330 Burnett Ave., Poncha Springs. A suggested donation of $25 will be collected at the event, so there’s no need to purchase tickets, just show up and have a great time!

In addition to homemade barbecue and a sundae bar, enjoy music by Blue Recluse Trio, a talented local blues-rock band featuring the amazing vocals of Shawntel Royale. We will also have door prizes, a raffle, and beer and wine. (A vegetarian meal option will also be available.)

Special guests for the event include Lt. Governor Donna Lynne; Sen. Kerry Donovan; gubernatorial candidates Noel Ginsburg and Carey Kennedy; attorney general candidates Joe Salazar, Michael Dougherty and Brad Levin; U.S. Senate candidate Dustin Leitzel; state treasurer candidate Steve Lebsock; District 5 congressional candidate Betty Field; Chaffee County Commissioner Keith Baker; Chaffee County Clerk Lori Mitchell; Salida City Councilwoman Cheryl Brown-Kovacic; and Salida City Council candidates Dan Shore and Harald Kasper.

This is a family-friendly event, and kids will be able to play in Chipeta Park. A limited number of chairs are available, so please bring camp chairs or lawn chairs if you have them. There’s plenty of parking, and afterward, you’re practically at the fairgrounds where you can enjoy the final weekend of the Chaffee County Fair and Rodeo. So join us in Poncha Springs for a great time Saturday, July 29!

Blue Recluse Trio will perform at the 2017 Chaffee County Democrats Barbecue July 29.