Chaffee Democrats at the 2018 Chaffee County Fair & Rodeo!

Chaffee County Fair & Rodeo

Greetings Chaffee Democrats!

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 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!!!

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

Meet Kimberly Parker, Candidate for Chaffee County Commissioner

You are invited to meet Kimberly Parker and join a conversation about how your County Commission can be working better for you and the future of our community. These are informal events open to all. Kimberly will introduce herself and share her vision for the County followed by a conversation with you about your concerns and hopes. She will begin speaking promptly at the posted time and speak for about 10 minutes. You are welcome to come just for her introduction or stay for as long as you want to participate in the discussion. Learn more about Kimberly at

Chaffee County Elections – General Information

Lori Mitchell is our elected Chaffee County Clerk and Recorder and you can contact the Chaffee County Elections Department at: Phone (719) 539-4004 or email:

Check or update your voter registration record online at


2018 Democratic Primary Election Sample Ballot

The 2018 Primary Election is on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. The link to the Democratic Sample Ballot obtained from the Chaffee County Clerk and Recorder’s Office can be viewed by clicking the link below:

2018 Democratic Sample Ballot


Chaffee County Precinct Map


Follow this link for more info at the Chaffee County Clerk website.

Celebrating the Season

We enjoyed a good turnout for the 2016 Chaffee County Democrats Holiday Party at The Branding Iron in Buena Vista. Newly elected county commissioner Keith Baker spoke about the challenges of serving as commissioner in a historically Republican county and urged Democrats to get involved by serving on the county’s various boards and commissions. Keith reminded us that the more Democrats we have serving, the more effectively he can do his job as county commissioner.

We enjoyed prime rib, chicken or vegetarian pasta, and no one left hungry! Afterward several of us headed over to The Lariat for some funky live music by the band Euforquestra. All-in-all we had lots of fun and will look forward to doing it again next year!

2016 Holiday Party at The Branding Iron

2016 Holiday Party at The Branding Iron