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.

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

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