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ISSUE DATE: September 2017      


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From the Chair


The last weekend of summer isn’t traditionally a time for giving thanks, sowing seeds, or embarking on new campaigns. Nevertheless, that’s exactly what happened at the La Plata Dems picnic Saturday, Sept. 16. Everyone who attended was thankful for the wonderful spread of barbecued ribs (thanks, Sunnyside Meats!), side dishes and desserts brought by those in attendance, and of course people who made delicious homemade pies and fabulous artwork (posthumous thanks to Stanton Englehart and live thanks to Dee Schrage) for auction and those who purchased them.


My biggest thanks of all go to the excellent candidates we’re fielding for the 2018 elections. Starting at the State level we have our superb State Representative Barbara McLachlan, running for a second term. Also attending were gubernatorial candidate Cary Kennedy and the two declared candidates for the Third Congressional District, Diane Mitsch Bush and Chris Kennedy. If you couldn’t make it to the picnic, please take the time to get acquainted with both through their campaign material as they embark on their campaigns, first for the primary next June, then for whoever prevails there for the general election in November.


In the midst of some national initiatives that nobody can be thankful for, let’s commit now to making sure that Colorado is the leader in affordable health care, environmental preservation, education, and human rights by electing Democrats up and down the ballot.

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UPCOMING EVENTS NEWS


Save the Date: League of Women Voters of La Plata County: Putting a Price on Carbon Emissions

  • WHEN: Monday,   September 25, 2017   7:00 PM
  • WHERE: Fort Lewis College, Noble Hall, Rm 130, Durango, CO
  • CONTACT: CLICK HERE to email us.
  • DETAILS: Educational program: “Putting a Price on Carbon Emissions”. The presenter on carbon tax is national expert Yoram Bauman, architect of the State of Washington’s carbon tax ballot initiative last November, the first state to take the issue to the voters. Patrick Cummins of the Center for a New Energy Economy in Fort Collins is the emissions trading expert. He leads the center’s work with 11 western states to be in compliance with the Clean Power Plan, an emissions trading program. Presentation will be followed by audience question and discussion. .

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Save the Date:  Powerhouse Science Center: PowerFall Ball.

  • WHEN: Saturday,   September 30, 2017, 6 – 9 PM
  • WHERE: Power House Science Center, Durango
  • CONTACT: CLICK HERE   OR, Call Erica Max at 970-749-5540
  • DETAILS: We are bringing dueling pianos, The Colorado Keys, down from Denver and they will be providing an evening of interactive entertainment. In addition, we will have delicious food and an open bar. The Powerhouse Science Center provides hands on, interactive science education to children across the entire Four Corners region and inspires people of all ages to explore STEM education. We are also very excited about our new addition, MakerLab. MakerLab is a dedicated space that provides the tools, instruction and environment for creating and making everything from complex prototypes for entrepreneurs to laser engraved cutting boards for weekend craftsmen.
  • TICKETS:   CLICK HERE to order tickets online.

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Save the Date: “The Club” La Plata County Democrats: October Lunch  & Presentation

  • WHEN: Tuesday,   Oct. 3 12- 1 PM
  • WHERE: The DoubleTree Hotel, Durango, CO
  • CONTACT:
    CLICK HERE to email us.
    For more information,
    CLICK HERE to view our Event Flyer.
    CLICK HERE to visit our Facebook page.
  • DETAILS: You are invited!
    “The Courage of Our Convictions” American Values & Vision.
    With Kim Martin discussing “Why I am a Democrat. What my core principles are that guide my choices. What I stand for.”
  • What is happening in American politics? If you wonder this, you aren’t alone. Question: even if you regularly participate in the political system, have you found yourself so wrapped up in the whining, policy positions and personalities, that you’ve either forgotten or taken the basics for granted? When was the last time you actually articulated what foundational values cause you to take a particular position on a policy matter? What principals cause you to care deeply about getting certain candidates into office? And why have you chosen to be a member of the Democratic Party – rather than an Independent or other.
  • On Tuesday, October 3 at noon at the Doubletree, The Club, a group of curious and energized La Plata County Democrats, will explore these questions in order to move forward with the courage of our convictions – one grounded in principles rather than politics. Who knows- once we can articulate our own core values, this might even lead to meaningful conversations with others who have chosen other political paths. Then, maybe, we can find common ground in order to govern rather than staying stuck asking ourselves and our friends, “who are those guys and what can they possibly be thinking?”
  • TICKETS:$20
  • Please RSVP by Thur. Sept 28th via email to
    TheClubDems@gmail.com
  • To view our Facebook event,
    CLICK HERE.

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Save the Date: Attorney General Candidate, &nbsp Joe Salazar,   Meet and Greet

  • WHEN: Monday,   Oct 2,  6:00 PM, Fundraiser,  7:00 PM Meet & Greet
  • WHERE: Durango Public Library
  • CONTACT: Finance Director Tezcatli Diaz, 312.342.1090. CLICK HERE to email Tez, OR CLICK HERE to email Joe.
  • CLICK HERE to view our Event Flyer;  
    CLICK HERE to view our Facebook Event
  • DETAILS:
    Our Revolution Durango has proudly endorsed candidate Joe Salazar for the Colorado Attorney General. Please join Our Revolution in supporting his candidacy with a fundraiser from 6-7 PM.
  • To learn more about Joe and his plans for the AG’s office please come to the candidate Meet & Greet hosted by La Plata County Democrats 7-8 PM.
    CLICK HERE to donate to Joe’s campaign.

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Save the Date: American Association of University Women:   2017 Fall Luncheon

  • WHEN: Saturday, October 7, 2017, 11:30 a.m.—2:00 p.m.
  • WHERE: Double Tree Inn Ballroom, Durango
  • CONTACT: Patricia Joy 970-759-0622  
    OR   CLICK HERE to email Patricia
    To download their brochure, and for ticket ordering information
    CLICK HERE.
  • DETAILS: Featured Speaker, Barbara McLachlan . Proceeds from the Fall Luncheon benefit FLC students by sponsoring their attendance at the annual NCCWSL conference at the University of Maryland. Tax-deductible donations are welcome if you are unable to join us. SPECIAL GUESTS: 2017 National Conference of College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) attendees: AMANDA DELPHY and STACY JONES and AMI GABRYZINSKI.
  • TICKETS: $45 per person ($15 tax deductible); $20 students. Please RSVP by Wed. Oct 4 to assure your order.
    MAIL IN: Checks payable to: Durango/AAUW. Send to: Grace Deltscheff, 56 Red Cliffs Road, Durango, CO 81301. Please remember to allow several days for the mail to be routed to Albuquerque and back.

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ELECTION NEWS


EDITOR’S NOTE:  While we endeavored to include all the declared candidates, it came to my attention after the content cutoff date that I missed several. This will be corrected in the October Newsletter and Candidates Web page when it is published in early October.


STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 59: Barbara McLachlan

  • EMAIL: barbaraforcolorado@gmail.com   CLICK HERE to send an email.
  • WEBSITE: CLICK HERE
  • FACEBOOK: CLICK HERE
  • DONATE: CLICK HERE
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  • CURRENT NEWS
  • Barbara has spent her out-of-session time visiting constituents in all six counties of the 59th District, listening to their concerns. Climate change, suicide prevention, Broadband, affordable housing, water, transportation, and teacher pay are the most voiced issues. She’s making plans to address them.
  • And she wants to continue the work by being reelected! That takes money for ads, travel, and staff. Please help with whatever you can by visiting her webpage, using ActBlue online,
    CLICK HERE,or mailing a check to P.O. Box 2341, Durango, CO 81302, made out to “The Committee to Elect Barbara McLachlan”. Your support is so appreciated.

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US CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT  3  (CD3)


Diane Mitsch Bush

  • EMAIL: diane@dianeforcolorado.com   CLICK HERE to send an email.
  • WEBSITE: CLICK HERE
  • FACEBOOK: CLICK HERE
  • TWITTER: @RepDMB
  • DONATE: CLICK HERE
  • Dianne Bush


  • I am running for Congress because we need someone in Washington who:
  • Really listens to us,
  • Understands our struggles and the issues we face every day,
  • Actually reads a bill before voting on it,
  • Who knows how a bill will affect all of us.
  • As a two-term Routt County Commissioner and a three-term State Representative:
  • I have stood up for rural Colorado at the Colorado Capitol.
  • Now I want to bring my experience and proven legislative skills to our nation’s Capitol to fight for you.
  • I have won 5 elections with comfortable margins. I won reelection to the Colorado House by in 2016 by 60.9 %.
  • As a State Rep. for two rural Western Slope counties, I have:
  • Put policies on the ground that connect communities through expanding rural broadband, fixing roads, increasing access to bike paths and public transit, especially for seniors and people with disabilities, so that we all have reliable communication and transportation choices,
  • Worked across the aisle and with businesses, non-profits, and local governments in an effort to make health insurance and health care affordable,
  • Earned the reputation for integrity and accountability,
  • Been endorsed, recognized, and received a 100% score card by many human rights, environmental, workers’ rights, agricultural, public education, health & mental health, outdoor industry, community advocacy, and local business groups.
  • My vision is a more just, equitable, sustainable and prosperous Colorado and America for ALL of us and ALL our children, with a level playing field where everyone has the opportunity to reach their dreams.
  • Working together, we will strengthen public education, help create good paying jobs, protect our air, water, wildlife, public health and public lands, build and maintain 21st Century infrastructure, and make high quality healthcare available and affordable so that we can all thrive together. I will fight for you and everyone in CD3.
  • I would be honored to have your support!

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Chris Kennedy

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GOVERNOR

Noel Ginsburg

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Mike Johnston

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Cary Kennedy

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Donna Lynne

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Jared Polis

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ATTORNEY GENERAL


Michael Dougherty

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Joe Salazar

  • EMAIL:info@SalazarforCoAG.com   CLICK HERE to send an email.
  • WEBSITE: CLICK HERE
  • FACEBOOK:CLICK HERE
  • TWITTER: @Joe4COAG
  • DONATE: CLICK HERE
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    Phil Weiser

    • EMAIL: phil@philforcolorado.com   CLICK HERE to send an email.
    • WEBSITE: CLICK HERE
    • FACEBOOK: CLICK HERE
    • TWITTER: @pweiser
    • INSTAGRAM: CLICK HERE
    • DONATE: CLICK HERE
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    • CURRENT NEWS
    • Sep 15 – Bernie Buescher – former Secretary of State, Deputy Attorney General of Colorado and Grand Junction lawmaker – backs Weiser in Democratic primary. “Whatever issue comes up — whether it’s health care, bringing broadband to all parts of our state, protecting our water rights, or reforming our criminal justice system — Phil will be a leader who brings people together, finds creative solutions, and gets things done.” read more
    • Sep 11 – Phil blogs about bringing innovation to the Attorney General’s office. “In my past leadership roles (in President Obama’s Administration, at the University of Colorado Law School, and in Colorado’s entrepreneurial community), I placed a premium on working collaboratively, and I always looked for new ways to do things better. I plan to bring that spirit to the Colorado Attorney General’s office.” read more
    • Sep 9 – Phil talks family legacy, equal justice for all, lessons from working for Ruth Bader Ginsberg, his career and campaign and priorities for Attorney General with Idaho Springs Radio “The idea that we need a society that gives opportunity to every American, we can’t take that for granted. And finally: our land air and water, whether we’re going to protect it, that’s in the balance right now. And so there’s a lot at stake right now, and we need good people to step up and lead. And this office matters a ton – our state’s Attorney General – and right now we’ve got someone who’s not getting it done on any of those issues, and I felt like I’ve got to raise my hand and help out. listen here
    • Sep 3 – Phil blogs about Our Nation of Immigrants. “For me, this concept is personal; my mom came to the United States in 1951 as a refugee, after being born in a Nazi concentration camp at the end of World War II. My grandparents and my mom came here because of America’s commitment to freedom and opportunity for all.” read more
    • Aug 12 – Weiser campaign hits “100 Day” mark. “While we have a long road ahead of us, I wanted to share some stats with you from these first 100 days:
    • Drove 5,748 miles. Held events in 31 counties
    • Drank 263 iced teas
    • Met with 2,245 Coloradans. Recruited 300+ volunteers
    • Won 1 bake-off with Bubby’s rugelach recipe
    • Lost 1 suitcase
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    TREASURER


    Steve Lebsock

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    DURANGO 9R SCHOOL BOARD


    Emily Newcomer

    • EMAIL: emilyfordurangoschools@gmail.com   CLICK HERE to send an email.
    • WEBSITE: CLICK HERE
    • DONATE:CLICK HERE:
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    • WHY AM I AM RUNNING FOR SCHOOL BOARD IN DISTRICT E?
    • I believe in the full potential of EVERY student
    • I believe in an equitable education for ALL students. Our disenfranchised and oppressed students deserve to have the same opportunities in our community as our privileged students.
    • I believe in supporting the WHOLE child, both their academic performance and their mental health. We need to set our students up for success as educated and empathic adults in both professional and personal environments.
    • As a bridge between our school district and the mental health community, I can provide input to our school district on how to support students and teachers dealing with mental health issues so that we can effectively address the suicide epidemic currently happening in our community. As the only mental health professional running for school board, I can bring this needed expertise to our school district.
    • WHO AM I?
    • I chose to make Durango my home in 2005 with my husband, Aaron Ball, who is a faculty member in the School of Education at Fort Lewis College. We have two children and are very proud that they both attend Riverview Elementary in the Durango 9R School District as a kindergartener and 5th grader.
    • I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Colorado with a Master’s of Education in Educational Psychology from the University of Utah. As the sole owner of Southwest Psychotherapy, LLC, I have been in private practice as a Licensed Psychotherapist for nine years. I work with older adolescents and adults who are dealing with trauma or other issues getting in the way of living life to its fullest and am currently engaged in the community led suicide prevention efforts.
    • As the Community Education Coordinator for Sexual Assault Services Organization in Durango for five years, I taught students in kindergarten through 12th grade throughout the Durango School District how to prevent sexual violence or get help if needed.
    • I also spent six summers as an Instructor and Course Director in the Colorado Outward Bound School’s Southwest Program teaching 14 to 18 year olds on multi-day river, rock and land expeditions.
    • In addition to my degree in Educational Psychology, I attended the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA and obtained a degree in Commerce-Management in 1993.
    • My love of the outdoors includes hiking, mountain biking and rafting all the rivers in Utah and Colorado with my family.
    • Please go to my website
      http://www.emilynewcomer.com/ to see how you can get involved in my campaign and/or donate.

      Most importantly, Vote for me on November 7th!

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