Town Hall with Senator Kerry Donovan in Salida

Senator Kerry Donovan conducted a well attended Town Hall at Soulcraft in Salida on Saturday (3/23/2019). Kerry provided detailed information about her pending Bills and the other legislation pending in the Colorado Senate. Thank you Kerry for your detailed presentation and hard work on behalf of your constituents in your rural District which includes Chaffee County.

Senator Kerry Donovan’s Town Hall in Salida

Senator Kerry Donovan

Letter to all Colorado Senators Regarding House Bill -1177 from Chaffee County Commissioners and County Sheriff

The Chaffee County Sheriff and Board of Commissioners appreciates the public safety intent behind HB 2019-1177 (“Bill”): Extreme Risk Protection Orders, but we have serious reservations about the bill as written. We have four areas of concern: legal issues; fiscal issues; lack of emphasis on mental health; and impacts to law enforcement.  Please click on the link below to read the letter in its’ entirety and signed by all three (3) County Commissioners and the County Sheriff.

Letter to Colorado Senators Regarding HB-2019-1177

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