Chaffee Democratic Party Holiday Party

We had a wonderful evening on Saturday night at the Chaffee County Democratic Holiday Party in Buena Vista. We enjoyed a delicious buffet dinner featuring stuffed pork loin and live music from Off The Grid. Chaffee County Clerk Lori Mitchell received the Democrat of the Year award, Dan Cassidy received the Volunteer of the Year award, and Erin Kelley received the Rising Star award. A good time was had by all.

Susan K. Shepherd, Chair
Chaffee County Democratic Party

Chaffee Democratic Party Vice Chair JoAnne Allen presents the Chaffee County Clerk Lori Mitchell with the Democrat of the Year award

Chaffee Democrats 2018 Holiday Party

The Chaffee Democrats Holiday Party will be on December 15th from 4pm – 7pm at the Liar’s Lodge, 30000 CR 371, Buena Vista, CO 81211 and will feature a delicious catered dinner, live music, and awards presented for Democrat of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, and Rising Star. We can’t wait to see you at the party and celebrate all of our amazing 2018 victories with everyone.

Tickets at the door of the event are $40.00.



2018 Election Results

Chaffee County Democrats!

We made huge gains at the statewide level in the 2018 General Election.  Jared Polis is our newly elected Governor, Phil Weiser – Attorney General, Jena Griswold – Secretary of State, Dave Young – State Treasurer, and Lesley Smith – CU Regent, all Democrats that won their statewide races.  Our State Senator Kerry Donovan was re-elected and is now the Majority Whip in the Colorado Senate.We flipped the State Senate to a Democratic majority as well as the State House which has not been done since 1936.

In Chaffee County, congratulations to Jeff Graf, our new Chaffee County Coroner-elect! Lori Mitchell who was re-elected as our outstanding Chaffee County Clerk and Recorder. Stephany Rose Spaulding, Erin Kelley, Kimberly Parker and Susan Shepherd did not win election.  BUT, all other Democratic candidates won Chaffee County itself.  If you will remember 2016, Keith Baker was the only Democrat who won election in Chaffee County.

In one election cycle, this Chaffee County went from light pink to violet.   During our campaign we made an incredible number of door knocks, telephone calls and texts. Phenomenal work!  

Everyone on this team is a champion, everyone left it all on the field, and at least 50 volunteers became very active and engaged this year.  WE have done amazing work in 2 years, and built a strong foundation, and of that we can be VERY proud.

Thank you to all of our hard working volunteers. We just could not have done it without you!

~The Chaffee County Democrats Executive Committee

Chaffee County Democrats GOTV (Get Out the Vote)

The Chaffee County Democrats are in full swing with our GOTV (Get Out the Vote) efforts.  We have an outstanding slate of highly qualified progressive candidates that we need your help to elect. We invite you to join us.

There are many tasks needed before the General Election on November 6th. Please contact JoAnne Allen to volunteer at email or call 505-797-4144.

Thank you! We look forward to hearing from you.

Chaffee County Democrats canvassing in Salida with Candidates Kerry Donovan, Kimberly Parker, and Lori Mitchell

General Election Information – Tuesday, November 6, 2018

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

November 6, 2018 General Election for Chaffee County – Download:  Sample Ballot

Here is the digital version of the Blue Book: Blue Book Online

You can check or update your voter registration record online at

2018 Chaffee County Precinct Map

Ark Valley Voice Article on Kimberly Parker, Chaffee County Commissioner Candidate

The Ark Valley Voice published this article about Chaffee County Commissioner Candidate Kimberly Parker today:


Candidate for Chaffee County Commissioner, Kimberly Parker celebrated her Grandmother Betty
Winter’s 100th birthday this past summer in Montrose.

Kimberly Parker, Democratic candidate for Chaffee County commissioner, looks you straight in the eye, shakes your hand firmly, listens carefully and weighs what she says before she speaks. Observe her and you pick up her work ethic, a clear, articulate intelligence and a grasp of the issues shaping this county.

Her campaign stance is known. She has worked on affordable housing issues for the past two years as chair of the Chaffee County Housing Policy Advisory Committee. She calls herself a strong advocate for human rights and economic opportunity. Her grasp of healthcare issues and how they affect families appears substantial. What is less known about this self-contained professional is what made her who she is today.

“I’ve used my experience to work on issues in Chaffee County, and I look forward to working on other important issues like childcare, housing and senior services,” said Parker.

Parker is a long-time Coloradan whose family goes back many decades in San Miguel and Ouray counties. Her 100-year-old grandmother lives in Montrose.

Her resume includes a degree in information systems from the University of Colorado-Boulder, followed by professional roles as a technical support engineer with Sybase Inc. and owner and lead IT consultant for Synergistics LLC. In 2010 she returned to CU-Boulder, advancing through multiple roles in technology at the university, including research data manager, continuous improvement manager and project manager. During that time she was selected for a two-year, system-wide University Perspective Leadership program.

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