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 Sen. Kerry Donovan, attorney general candidate Joe Salazar, Chaffee County Commissioner Keith Baker and Chaffee County Clerk Lori Mitchell.

This is a family-friendly event, and kids will be able to play in Chipeta Park. 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.

State Senator Kerry Donovan visits Chaffee County March 25

Town Hall

Sen. Donovan will hold a town hall meeting from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., Saturday, March 25 at Moonlight Pizza on the patio at 3rd and F streets (242 F St.) in Salida. The senator will update constituents on her 2017 legislative agenda and answer questions.

Meet Up

From 4 to 5 p.m. that afternoon, Sen. Donovan will meet up with constituents at the Lariat, 206 E. Main St. in Buena Vista for the same purposes.

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
  • AND HEAR FROM YOU!

Breakfast will be available. Suggested voluntary donation for breakfast is $6
For more information email joanneallen789@gmail.com

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