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  joanneallen789@gmail.com 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:
Website: https://www.chaffeecountyclerk.org/general-information/
Phone (719) 539-4004
Email: LMitchell@chaffeecounty.org

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 www.govotecolorado.com

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:

COUNTY COMMISSIONER CANDIDATE: KIMBERLY PARKER, A STUDY IN RESILIENCE AND STRENGTH

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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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

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:
Website: https://www.chaffeecountyclerk.org/general-information/
Phone (719) 539-4004
Email: LMitchell@chaffeecounty.org

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 www.govotecolorado.com

2018 Chaffee County Precinct Map