Newsletter from Senator Kerry Donovan, Colorado Senate District 5

I bet you’ve seen a few mailers on the Senate District 5 race lying around the post office?

My opponent has gotten a lot of outside money (known as “dark money”) to do his work for him. I’m running a clean campaign focused on issues that impact all of us.

Over the next couple days you should receive a poster in your mail from me. It says VOTE FOR PUBLIC LANDS and I hope you’ll use it to show your support for keeping our public lands in public hands. You’ll know it is from me because my logo will be on it! If you don’t get one, email me and I’ll send you a printable poster.

Our public lands are important for so many reasons. They are the soul of our communities and support the economy many of us rely on. We use public lands for grazing and for hiking. They provide habitat for our wildlife and protect our watersheds.

You can count on me to protect our water from diversion to the Front Range and to fight for our public lands. Both are critical to our way of life.

This summer and fall have been a stark reminder of how important and how fragile our water sources can be. That is why I wanted to share this video with you. Drought isn’t always something we want to talk about, but we have to if we plan to address it.

Check out the video on the Issues and Values.


Ballots will be on your dinning room table in less than a month. Thank you for being a voter and someone who cares deeply about your community.

With Gratitude,

ps. keep an eye out for that poster and hang it up!


Chaffee County Elections – General Information

General Election – Tuesday, November 6, 2018
(polls open 7AM – 7PM)

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

You can check or update your voter registration record online at

2018 Chaffee County Precinct Map

Canvassing Kick-off 9/15 for ALL Democratic Candidates! Join us!

Canvassing in Chaffee County

Greetings Chaffee County Democrats!

It may be hard to imagine, but the November elections are almost upon us. Ballots will be mailed starting the week of October 15th. That means we have 8 weeks to get our amazing local and statewide slate of well-qualified, progressive candidates elected up and down the entire ballot. The time has come to issue the call: ALL HANDS ON DECK! YOU are needed now. We will be supporting our candidates in several ways, through door-to-door canvassing, live phone calls, texts, posting signs, entering data, feeding volunteers, you name it.

Here are a few ways you can help our candidates in the next few weeks. Please RSVP to Joanne Allen at to sign up!


Saturday. September 15th at 10 am at Scout Hut in Riverside Park, Salida

Walk with Sen. Kerry Donovan, Chaffee Candidates Kimberly Parker for Commissioner and Susan Shepherd for Treasurer.
We will provide candidate literature, walk lists, a simple script and we will walk in pairs. Bring sunscreen, water, a hat, and wear walking shoes. There will be a very special guest that joins our canvas that day to provide additional visibility and to generate buzz. You’ll have to come to see for yourself!

Sunday, September 16th at 11 am at Scout Hut in Riverside Park, Salida

Walk with House District 60 candidate Erin Kelley and Chaffee Treasurer candidate Susan Shepherd. Candidate literature, walk lists, and a script will be provided.

Saturday, September 22nd at 11 am at Scout Hut in Riverside Park, Salida

Walk with CD 5 candidate Stephany Rose Spaulding, Chaffee Coroner candidate Jeff Graf, and Susan Shepherd for Chaffee Treasurer candidate. Candidate literature, walk lists, and a script will be provided.

Chaffee Democrats Monthly Meeting

Thursday, September 27th at 6 pm at 1st Presbyterian Church, 7 Poncha Blvd., Salida

September’s monthly meeting will focus on several of the substantive statewide and county referred ballot measures.
Chaffee referred ballot measures: Commissioner Keith Baker and Cindy Williams.

Let’s Go Colorado Transportation tax and bond measure. We are working to confirm speakers for Healthy Schools, Thriving Communities, and ballot measures to establish independent redistricting commissions, and minimum setback requirements on new oil & gas drilling. If you would like to present on any of these ballot measures, please contact Chair Susan Shepherd at

Thank you everyone for all that you do each and every day to turn Chaffee County Blue. Together, we WILL Rock the Vote in November!

Dan Cassidy, Webmaster

City of Salida – special election on September 25th

The City of Salida will hold a special election on September 25th so that residents may vote on six separate ballot measures.  Ballots will be mailed on September 4th, and must be returned by mail or dropped off at the City Clerk’s office in the Touber building during regular business hours.  Replacement ballots may also be requested in person at the City Clerk’s office.  This is an important election with many significant issues and we strongly encourage all of our City of Salida members to be sure to return their ballots on time.  To see the language of all ballot measures along with a brief explanation of each, visit:
2018 Special Election Fact Sheet

Get out the Vote! Mark Your Calendars!

Temperatures may be cooling and leaves are changing, but we are fired up more than ever to kick-off Get Out the Vote season and get our whole slate of talented candidates elected this November!  September is an action-packed month, please join us at one or more of the exciting activities coming up!
Jared Polis Visits Chaffee County THIS Friday, August 31st
10 – 11 am
Garage @ Watershed
410 E. Main St,
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Seasons Cafe
300 W. Sackett Ave.
AppleFest @ Turner Farm
Saturday, September 8th
10 am – 3 pm
The Chaffee Democrats will have a booth at the annual family-friendly event sponsored by Buena Vista Heritage. Volunteers are needed in to staff the booth in two shifts:  9 am SETUP to Noon, and Noon to 3 pm BREAKDOWN. If you can help out, please email Joanne @
Chaffee Democrats Canvas Kick-off 
Saturday, September 15th
10 am
Location TBD
Please join us as we kick-off our fall 2018 door-to-door canvassing program in support of our wonderful slate of Democratic candidates!  We will be walking every Saturday and Sunday thereafter until election day to make sure we turn Chaffee County Blue!  Please email Joanne @ to sign up!
In Solidarity,
Susan K. Shepherd
Chair, Chaffee County Democrats

Chaffee Democrats Big Tent BBQ 2018

Our inaugural Big Tent BBQ was a smashing success, and featured great food, our candidates, and entertainment by the talented Salida Circus. I want to thank everyone who attended and the all the volunteers who contributed so much to make it happen. It was an important fundraiser for the Chaffee County Democratic Party in this crucial mid term election year. Everyone was able to hear from and meet our Chaffee County, State, and Congressional Democratic candidates who gave inspiring and compelling speeches. Our well qualified candidates and their teams are working hard but they need your support. Volunteer today!
In Solidarity,
Susan K. Shepherd
Chair, Chaffee County Democrats

Dianne Primavera, Lt. Governor Candidate

Senator Kerry Donovan listens to constituent

Candidates Kimberly Parker, for Chaffee County Commissioner, and Stephany Rose Spaulding, for U.S. 5th Congressional District

Salida Circus performs

Susan K. Shepherd, Chaffee County Treasurer Candidate

Jeff Graff, Chaffee County Coroner Candidate