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

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. Continue reading

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

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

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