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.

Caucus Leader Trainings

If you are a current Precinct Committee Person, we will need you to help run your caucus on March 6. Since we don’t have committee people in all precincts, we will need additional volunteers in those areas plus more hands to help out with registration. Please attend ONE session:

Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. – Home of Lori Boydston, Salida
7135 CR 109 (At Anderson Motors & Hwy 50 turn South)
left into dirt driveway just after the DEAD END sign.

Thursday, March 1 at 6 p.m. – Sangre de Cristo Electric – BV
29780 N US Hwy 24, Community Meeting Space

We will discuss this during announcements at our monthly meeting at 6 p.m. THIS Thursday, Feb. 22, at First Presbyterian, 7 Poncha Blvd., Salida. We will have 5 candidates in attendance. Please attend!

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.

Since this was originally posted, our county precincts have been updated again so 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.