Get out the Vote! Mark Your Calendars!

Temperatures may be cooling and leaves are changing, but we are fired up more than ever to kick-off Get Out the Vote season and get our whole slate of talented candidates elected this November!  September is an action-packed month, please join us at one or more of the exciting activities coming up!
Jared Polis Visits Chaffee County THIS Friday, August 31st
10 – 11 am
Garage @ Watershed
410 E. Main St,
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Seasons Cafe
300 W. Sackett Ave.
AppleFest @ Turner Farm
Saturday, September 8th
10 am – 3 pm
The Chaffee Democrats will have a booth at the annual family-friendly event sponsored by Buena Vista Heritage. Volunteers are needed in to staff the booth in two shifts:  9 am SETUP to Noon, and Noon to 3 pm BREAKDOWN. If you can help out, please email Joanne @
Chaffee Democrats Canvas Kick-off 
Saturday, September 15th
10 am
Location TBD
Please join us as we kick-off our fall 2018 door-to-door canvassing program in support of our wonderful slate of Democratic candidates!  We will be walking every Saturday and Sunday thereafter until election day to make sure we turn Chaffee County Blue!  Please email Joanne @ to sign up!
In Solidarity,
Susan K. Shepherd
Chair, Chaffee County Democrats

Chaffee Democrats Big Tent BBQ 2018

Our inaugural Big Tent BBQ was a smashing success, and featured great food, our candidates, and entertainment by the talented Salida Circus. I want to thank everyone who attended and the all the volunteers who contributed so much to make it happen. It was an important fundraiser for the Chaffee County Democratic Party in this crucial mid term election year. Everyone was able to hear from and meet our Chaffee County, State, and Congressional Democratic candidates who gave inspiring and compelling speeches. Our well qualified candidates and their teams are working hard but they need your support. Volunteer today!
In Solidarity,
Susan K. Shepherd
Chair, Chaffee County Democrats

Dianne Primavera, Lt. Governor Candidate

Senator Kerry Donovan listens to constituent

Candidates Kimberly Parker, for Chaffee County Commissioner, and Stephany Rose Spaulding, for U.S. 5th Congressional District

Salida Circus performs

Susan K. Shepherd, Chaffee County Treasurer Candidate

Jeff Graff, Chaffee County Coroner Candidate

Senator Kerry Donovan Endorsed by Sierra Club & Conservation Colorado

The campaign trail is pretty exhausting. Between Friday and Sunday we drove about 575 miles and knocked doors in three counties. But when you run into someone at the door that remembers you from the 2014 campaign, or get endorsed by partners you admire, the miles don’t seem as long.

I am proud to be endorsed by both the Sierra Club and Conservation Colorado. 

I hope I can earn your support too.

Our public lands are the centerpiece of our quality of life and are the economic engine of many communities across Senate District 5. Protecting these lands, and the environment they encompass, is going to take a lot of work and I am so glad to be part of the team dedicated to our streams, mountains, plains, lakes, canyons, and meadows that create the landscapes we love.

contribution to my campaign will help to reach out to voters across the seven counties I represent. And with unknown attacks waiting from Secretary Zinke, we must have electeds at the state level that will keep our public lands in public hands.

Thank you for your support,

Chaffee Democrats at the 2018 Chaffee County Fair & Rodeo!

2018 Chaffee County Fair

July is a VERY busy time for us at the local level.  For the first time ever, we will be having a booth at the Chaffee County Fair & Rodeo!  All of our local candidates will be staffing the booth during different shifts with their literature and yard signs.  However, the Fair is a long

Kimberly Parker serving meals at Chaffee County Fair

multi-day event, and we need more help staffing the booth.  We are asking volunteers to commit to a 2- 3 hour shift, and to be available to chat with visitors, distribute literature, and spread the progressive message.  We are prioritizing staffing the booth during prime time hours that coincide with popular events (CPR rodeo, etc).   The shifts are as follows:

Wed. July 25th   5 – 8 pm
Thu. July 26th    5 – 8 pm
Fri. July 27th      5 – 8pm
Sat. July 28th     Noon – 4 pm
Sun. July 29th    1 – 3:30 pm

Please respond to Chair Susan Shepherd at if you can commit to one of these shifts.  It’s easy, fun, and makes you look skinnier, I promise!!!

Susan Shepherd- Chaffee County Treasurer Candidate

Democrats March in 4th of July Parades in Salida and Buena Vista

Chaffee County Democrats, Elected Officials, and Candidates

Chaffee County Democrats, elected officials, and candidates marched in both the Buena Vista and Salida 4th of July parades. The Chaffee County elected Democratic officials in the photo are Keith Baker, Chaffee County Commissioner, District 1, and Lori Mitchell, Chaffee County Clerk, who is running for re-election. The Chaffee County Democratic candidates in the front row of the photo from left to right are:

Susan Shepherd, Candidate for Chaffee County Treasurer

Erin Kelley, Candidate for State Representative, District 60

Kimberly Parker, Candidate for Chaffee County Commissioner, District 3

Stephany Rose Spaulding, Candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives District, 5

Jeff Graf, Candidate for Chaffee County Coroner

Chaffee Primary Election Results and Dems Meeting on Thursday, June 28th!!!

Greetings Chaffee County Democrats!

We are all so exhilarated following stunning results last night in the Chaffee County primary elections. EVERY SINGLE ONE of our local candidates beat their respective Republican opponents in Chaffee County in total votes returned. State Senator Kerry Donovan handily beat her Republican opponent, Erin Kelley for House District 60 bested her opponent, incumbent Rep. Jim Wilson in Chaffee, 1st time county candidate Kimberly Parker for Commissioner beat her 4th+ generation opponent, Susan Shepherd for Treasurer beat the sitting incumbent, and Jeff Graf for Coroner anchored the team for a very impressive victory over his rival.  Clerk Lori Mitchell, currently unopposed, ran a smooth and efficient election with her entire team and was able to report 100% of her results by 7:15 pm last night. If you see these candidates out and about give them a hearty congratulations!

This is HUGE NEWS for Chaffee County, since there are 1,000 more Republicans here than Democrats.  In Colorado’s first ever open primary, we were so pleased to confirm that YES, indeed, Chaffee Unaffiliated voters overwhelmingly identify as progressive, returning Dem ballots at a rate of 59% to 41% to Rep ballots.  And it also proves that the disastrous policies of our current President and all those who support him are completely out of touch with Colorado voters, even in rural counties.

So what’s next??!!! We’d love to tell you at our monthly meeting TOMORROW June 28 @ 6 pm at 1st Presbyterian Church, 7 Poncha Blvd in Salida.


Dr. Tony Wolusky, CU Regent candidate CD 5
Clerk Lori Mitchell – update on primary election results
Chair Susan Shepherd – strategic plan and budget for November elections, with discussion to follow

We are still adding speakers so if you have something to add, please contact me!

Thank you so very much Chaffee County Democrats for everything you do, every day, to make our home a place where democracy can flourish.  TOGETHER we will turn this county blue, I am more sure of it than ever.


Susan Shepherd, Chair, Chaffee County Democrats
Candidate, Chaffee County Treasurer