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.

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