New Chaffee County Democratic Party Officers Elected

We are excited to announce that at the Chaffee County Democratic Re-Organization Meeting today at the Poncha Springs Town Hall the Chaffee County Democratic Central Committee elected our new Party officers.

Erin Kelley – Chair
Lori Mitchell – Vice Chair
Kristen Van Norman – 2nd Vice Chair
Louise Olsen-Marquez – Secretary
Theresa Cortese – Treasurer

Elected Chaffee Democratic Party Officers – Left to Right – Louise Olsen-Marquez (Secretary), Theresa Cortese (Treasurer), Lori Mitchell (Vice Chair), Erin Kelley (Chair), and Kristen Van Norman (2nd Vice Chair)

Senator Kerry Donovan – Legislative Update

This session so far…

Here’s a link to all the bills I am currently working on: Kerry’s Bills


A Couple of Highlights

SB19-075 Display Original Colorado Constitution – The bill requires the state archivist to develop and implement a plan to provide a permanent public display of the original Colorado Constitution in the state capitol building. This bill passed out of State and Military Affairs yesterday on a 4-1 vote! Here’s an article highlighting the hearing.

Last year’s bill didn’t pass:

HB18-1312-  Open Internet Customer Protections In Colorado – Concerning the protection of the open internet by disincentivizing internet service providers from engaging in practices that interfere with the open internet by limiting the provider’s access to available funds if the it is found to be responsible for such practices.

I hope this year’s does:

HB19-078 – Open Internet Customer Protections In Colorado – Concerning the protection of the open internet, and, in connection therewith, disqualifying an internet service provider from receiving high cost support mechanism money. This bill will be heard Monday.

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Chaffee Democratic Party Holiday Party

We had a wonderful evening on Saturday night at the Chaffee County Democratic Holiday Party in Buena Vista. We enjoyed a delicious buffet dinner featuring stuffed pork loin and live music from Off The Grid. Chaffee County Clerk Lori Mitchell received the Democrat of the Year award, Dan Cassidy received the Volunteer of the Year award, and Erin Kelley received the Rising Star award. A good time was had by all.

Susan K. Shepherd, Chair
Chaffee County Democratic Party

Chaffee Democratic Party Vice Chair JoAnne Allen presents the Chaffee County Clerk Lori Mitchell with the Democrat of the Year award

Chaffee Democrats 2018 Holiday Party

The Chaffee Democrats Holiday Party will be on December 15th from 4pm – 7pm at the Liar’s Lodge, 30000 CR 371, Buena Vista, CO 81211 and will feature a delicious catered dinner, live music, and awards presented for Democrat of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and Rising Star. We can’t wait to see you at the party and celebrate all of our amazing 2018 victories with everyone.

Tickets at the door of the event are $40.00.

 

 

Chaffee County Democrats GOTV (Get Out the Vote)

The Chaffee County Democrats are in full swing with our GOTV (Get Out the Vote) efforts.  We have an outstanding slate of highly qualified progressive candidates that we need your help to elect. We invite you to join us.

There are many tasks needed before the General Election on November 6th. Please contact JoAnne Allen to volunteer at email  joanneallen789@gmail.com or call 505-797-4144.

Thank you! We look forward to hearing from you.

Chaffee County Democrats canvassing in Salida with Candidates Kerry Donovan, Kimberly Parker, and Lori Mitchell

Chaffee County Democrats Endorse Local Ballot Initiatives

Jeannie Peters, Salida School Board Member-at-Large

On Thursday, September 27th, the Chaffee County Democrats held an open forum on several 2018 ballot initiatives. Fifty people attended the event and listened to informative presentations on several statewide and local ballot measures.  Cindy Williams, Board Chair of Central Colorado Conservancy spoke to Chaffee County Ballot Issue 1A, strengthening forest health and conserving working ranches and farms.  Commissioner Keith Baker presented on Chaffee Ballot Issue 1B, restoring authority to the county to provide high-speed internet.  Chaffee Fire Chief Robert Bertram spoke about Chaffee Fire Protection Ballot Issue 6A, Gallagher Revenue Stabilization.

Chaffee County Commissioner Keith Baker

The attendees also heard from Jeannie Peters, Salida School Board member-at-large concerning Amendment 73, Great Schools, Thriving Communities, and Majorie Gray from the Chaffee League of Women Voters who presented on Amendments Y and Z, creating an independent, nonpartisan redistricting commission for both congressional and state legislative districts.

Finally, Commissioner Keith Baker provided an overview of Proposition 109 and 110, the two ballot measures aimed at raising funds for transportation projects.

Chaffee County Fire Chief Robert Bertram

After a lively question and answer session, the Chaffee County Democrats voted to endorse all three Chaffee County ballot issues, 1A, 1B, and 6A.  “These pro-active ballot measures offer good sense solutions to the challenges we will face as our county continues to grow in the next several years.  We strongly encourage our members to do their due diligence researching these measures and be sure to cast an informed vote in the upcoming general elections.”

Susan Shepherd, Chair, Chaffee County Democrats