State Senator Kerry Donovan visits Chaffee County March 25

Town Hall

Sen. Donovan will hold a town hall meeting from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., Saturday, March 25 at Moonlight Pizza on the patio at 3rd and F streets (242 F St.) in Salida. The senator will update constituents on her 2017 legislative agenda and answer questions.

Meet Up

From 4 to 5 p.m. that afternoon, Sen. Donovan will meet up with constituents at the Lariat, 206 E. Main St. in Buena Vista for the same purposes.

Our New Officers

The Chaffee County Democrats Feb. 4 Reorganization Meeting at Salida Community Center was well attended by more than 70 local Democrats. As Commissioner Keith Baker said, “The energy was palpable!” The first order of business was electing an entire slate of new officers. These folks will lead us for the next two years as we rebuild grassroots support for the party here in Chaffee County.

New Chaffee County Democrats officers are, from left, Kristen Van Norman, second vice chair; JoAnne Allen, vice chair; Susan Shepherd, chairwoman; Nikol Noll, treasurer; and Joe Stone, secretary.

New Chaffee County Democrats officers are, from left, Kristen Van Norman, second vice chair; JoAnne Allen, vice chair; Susan Shepherd, chairwoman; Nikol Noll, treasurer; and Joe Stone, secretary.

Holiday Party

6-9 p.m. Saturday, December 10 at

The Branding Iron in Buena Vista
710 US Hwy. 24 North on the corner at Crossman (CR 350)

Join us to celebrate the holidays and share good food and good cheer at The Branding Iron. The evening will begin with a social hour at 5:30 (cash bar). Dinner will begin at 6:00.

The menu will feature prime rib, chicken, baked potato, salad and vegetable.

Tickets cost $25.00 at the door.

To reserve a spot, please call or email Jim Osborne (395-6362 or josborne@wildblue.net) or Dick Lee (leef.ix@gmail.com). Please make your reservations by Dec. 8. We look forward to seeing you all there!

Congratulations and Thanks

On behalf of the Chaffee County Democrats, we extend a hearty congratulations to Keith Baker for his election to the Board of Chaffee County Commissioners in District 1. Running for office as a Democrat in Chaffee County is always an uphill battle, and Keith waged an excellent campaign to accomplish that feat. In this case, the best man won! Thank you Keith for running and for your future service to the residents of Chaffee County.

We also extend our gratitude to Bill Dvorak for putting forth the time and energy to run a positive campaign for county commissioner. In spite of Bill’s many qualifications for the job, attacks from the right took a toll, and while we are disappointed in the election results, we greatly appreciate Bill’s efforts and hope to carry his platform forward in future elections.

Finally, we thank all of those who volunteered their time and talents to support our local candidates and promote a Democratic agenda. To the many people who registered people to vote, canvassed neighborhoods, made phone calls, attended fundraisers, gave monetary contributions, wrote letters to the editor and helped in other ways, thank you for your dedication and generosity.