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
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.
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.”
Arkansas Valley Indivisible invites you to join us for a Blue Wave Candidates Forum with brief presentations by:
Kimberly Parker, candidate for Chaffee County Commissioner
Erin Kelley, candidate for Colorado House of Representatives
Kerry Donovan, running for re-election as State Senator
Stephany Rose Spaulding, candidate for U.S.House of Representatives
Other candidates will be present for meet and greet. Please join us!