Letter to all Colorado Senators Regarding House Bill -1177 from Chaffee County Commissioners and County Sheriff

The Chaffee County Sheriff and Board of Commissioners appreciates the public safety intent behind HB 2019-1177 (“Bill”): Extreme Risk Protection Orders, but we have serious reservations about the bill as written. We have four areas of concern: legal issues; fiscal issues; lack of emphasis on mental health; and impacts to law enforcement.  Please click on the link below to read the letter in its’ entirety and signed by all three (3) County Commissioners and the County Sheriff.

Letter to Colorado Senators Regarding HB-2019-1177

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

Democrats March in 4th of July Parades in Salida and Buena Vista

Chaffee County Democrats, Elected Officials, and Candidates

Chaffee County Democrats, elected officials, and candidates marched in both the Buena Vista and Salida 4th of July parades. The Chaffee County elected Democratic officials in the photo are Keith Baker, Chaffee County Commissioner, District 1, and Lori Mitchell, Chaffee County Clerk, who is running for re-election. The Chaffee County Democratic candidates in the front row of the photo from left to right are:

Susan Shepherd, Candidate for Chaffee County Treasurer

Erin Kelley, Candidate for State Representative, District 60

Kimberly Parker, Candidate for Chaffee County Commissioner, District 3

Stephany Rose Spaulding, Candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives District, 5

Jeff Graf, Candidate for Chaffee County Coroner