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

Feb. 4 Re-organization Meeting Agenda

Chaffee County Democrats Biannual Re-organization Meeting
8:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4
at the Salida Community Center
305 F St., Salida, Colo.

Official Party Business

Registration (8:30-9:00 a.m.)
Call to order (9:00 a.m.)
Welcome letter from Chairman Palacio
Election of County Chair
Election of 1st Vice Chair
Election of 2nd Vice Chair (if the county has a 2nd VC)
Election of Secretary
Election of Treasurer
Election of Commissioner District officers and Vacancy Committee
Election of Senate District bonus member (1)
Election of House District bonus members (2)

Please note: only Central Committee members are eligible to vote. The Central Committee consists of Chaffee County Democrats officers, committee chairpersons and official precinct representatives.

New Business
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Re-organization Meeting Feb. 4

Please join us at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Salida Community Center (F and Third streets) as we elect new officers to lead the Chaffee County Democrats for the next two years. Breakfast will be served.

Given the results of the recent election, Democrats and U.S. democracy face significant challenges as the Tea Party-dominated GOP seeks to undermine and dismantle government at every level. We must come together to stand against this Republican travesty, and that begins with electing a leadership team that will energize and educate our local citizenry. We especially need Central Committee members to attend. This includes committee chairs and precinct chairs from all 15 precincts.