Chaffee Primary Election Results and Dems Meeting on Thursday, June 28th!!!

Greetings Chaffee County Democrats!

We are all so exhilarated following stunning results last night in the Chaffee County primary elections. EVERY SINGLE ONE of our local candidates beat their respective Republican opponents in Chaffee County in total votes returned. State Senator Kerry Donovan handily beat her Republican opponent, Erin Kelley for House District 60 bested her opponent, incumbent Rep. Jim Wilson in Chaffee, 1st time county candidate Kimberly Parker for Commissioner beat her 4th+ generation opponent, Susan Shepherd for Treasurer beat the sitting incumbent, and Jeff Graf for Coroner anchored the team for a very impressive victory over his rival.  Clerk Lori Mitchell, currently unopposed, ran a smooth and efficient election with her entire team and was able to report 100% of her results by 7:15 pm last night. If you see these candidates out and about give them a hearty congratulations!

This is HUGE NEWS for Chaffee County, since there are 1,000 more Republicans here than Democrats.  In Colorado’s first ever open primary, we were so pleased to confirm that YES, indeed, Chaffee Unaffiliated voters overwhelmingly identify as progressive, returning Dem ballots at a rate of 59% to 41% to Rep ballots.  And it also proves that the disastrous policies of our current President and all those who support him are completely out of touch with Colorado voters, even in rural counties.

So what’s next??!!! We’d love to tell you at our monthly meeting TOMORROW June 28 @ 6 pm at 1st Presbyterian Church, 7 Poncha Blvd in Salida.


Dr. Tony Wolusky, CU Regent candidate CD 5
Clerk Lori Mitchell – update on primary election results
Chair Susan Shepherd – strategic plan and budget for November elections, with discussion to follow

We are still adding speakers so if you have something to add, please contact me!

Thank you so very much Chaffee County Democrats for everything you do, every day, to make our home a place where democracy can flourish.  TOGETHER we will turn this county blue, I am more sure of it than ever.


Susan Shepherd, Chair, Chaffee County Democrats
Candidate, Chaffee County Treasurer

Primary Election Day – Tuesday, June 26th

It is Tuesday, June 26th, and Primary Election Day in Colorado. Ballots are out. Do NOT Mail it back. You must return your ballot in person for it to count today. Here is where you can go to find your local polling place:
Polls are open until 7 PM tonight. So each one, reach one. Ask your family members, coworkers and neighbors, “Have you voted today?” If not, in Colorado you can register and vote on the same day onsite at polling locations!

Meet Kimberly Parker, Candidate for Chaffee County Commissioner

You are invited to meet Kimberly Parker and join a conversation about how your County Commission can be working better for you and the future of our community. These are informal events open to all. Kimberly will introduce herself and share her vision for the County followed by a conversation with you about your concerns and hopes. She will begin speaking promptly at the posted time and speak for about 10 minutes. You are welcome to come just for her introduction or stay for as long as you want to participate in the discussion. Learn more about Kimberly at

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.