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 or Dick Lee ( 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.

Colorado Democratic Party 2016 Platform

Major Themes that Emerged for 2016

We reaffirm our belief that our democracy should be centered around its people. Whether it was calling for increasing access to the ballot box by implementing a presidential primary, or taking money out of politics, or changing the roles for super delegates, more than 45 resolutions were passed with a demand that we make our democracy fair, accessible to all, and devoid of the influence of unfettered campaign cash. These topics were already included in our 2014 platform, but received intense support from every corner of the state.

We reaffirm our support for universal health care for all of our residents. The party platform has long-held that health care is a human right, and this was strongly reemphasized this year. Over 20 counties submitted resolutions to support Amendment 69 (ColoradoCare), which would establish a universal health care system for the state of Colorado.

We believe education should be guaranteed to all, and not determined by wealth. The costs of education, from preschool to college, have skyrocketed out of control and have gone out of reach for many Coloradans. More than a dozen resolutions were offered to ensure that education, the bedrock of opportunity in the US, remains accessible to all.

Colorado Democratic Party 2016 Platform