A Word from the Chairman - November 16, 2018

 A Word from The Chairman:    

The 2018 Election is behind us and one to shake your head at.  Here in Elbert County, it was just another day at the office.  Elbert Republicans had a Top Ten voter turnout of 78%+.  Each contested race went on average 75%+ Republican, including the highly contested Sheriff race (74.3% - 25.7%).  A majority of the Unaffiliated voted Republican and Elbert County moved up to the 5th highest Republican plus vote county by providing between 7,200 and 7,800 plus votes for our statewide candidates.  We are now at the end of the big boy table following only the Republican stronghold counties of El Paso, Douglas, Mesa, and Weld.  We over-performed in both voter turnout (78% as compared to 73% in 2014), plus votes (7,200 – 7,800 as compared to around 6,500 in 2014), and maintained our 45%+ advantage in returned ballots over the Democrats (57.5% to 12.1%, with U/O at 30.4%).  All in all, a great night for Republicans in Elbert County as attested by the standing-room-only Tim Norton for Sheriff/Elbert County Republican Victory Party at the American Legion Post #82 Building in Elizabeth.    

What happened and what went wrong statewide is a bigger issue and, for the most part, outside of our control and sphere of influence.  We are so disappointed to see the defeat of our slate of statewide candidates, including our top vote-getter and Elbert County favorite Attorney General Candidate, George Brauchler.   The strategists and pundits are filled with wisdom on what needs to be done and where we go forward from here.  I have a couple of reflections of my own.

  • The consistency in the results from office to office indicate that most people voted straight party ticket.  We saw that again this year in Elbert County, but it was much more apparent at the state level this go around.  Unfortunately for Republicans statewide, the vote leaned hard the other way.
  • The Elbert County Elections Department did a FANTASTIC job.  They processed a mid-term election record 14,992 ballots including 4,000+ on election day.  The team of judges (both Republican and Democrat) were hard working, professional, and efficient.  The equipment and software worked without error and the Samuel Elbert Building provided a professional facility for all of the work.  Hats off to Elbert County Clerk and Recorder Dallas Schroeder, Elections Manager Rhonda Braun and the entire team for a job well done.   
  • The Republican brand of limited, Constitutional government is overwhelmingly supported by the residents of Elbert County.  We love our country, we support our military, we value our freedom and we are leery of ever-growing government and all that goes with it (taxes, regulations, wasteful spending) and oppose the infringement of our right of speech, to bear arms, private property and religion.      

I thank all who were part of our Republican effort.  We have a great team of freedom fighters!  Here is a link to the Elbert County Election Results.  The Elbert County Republican Central Committee is poised to move forward in 2019 in support of our values and to expand our brand.   I would love to hear from you on what your thoughts are moving forward.  Better yet, I invite you to become a member of the Chairman’s Club and join us in our efforts.  Our Christmas Party is coming up on Saturday, December 15 and I will be all ears!!  (Chairman’s Club RSVP)

Tom Peterson

Chairman – Elbert County Republicans

tmpeterson18@gmail.com   (303) 229-6710


A Word from the Chairman, September 5, 2018

 A Word from the Chairman: 

The 2018 General Election is in full swing and September is a BIG month.  We are hitting the ground running and hopefully we will see many of you at the Conservative Breakfast Association Annual Fund-Raising Dinner planned for this Saturday – September 8.  Proceeds go towards the scholarship fund.  Tickets still available.  Our Republican “Meet the Candidate Forum & BBQ” is planned for Sunday, September 23, at the Casey Jones Pavilion.  This is a perfect venue to get to know your Republican candidates – all are welcome – come with an appetite! 

WE NEED YOUR HELP!!  If you support the election of freedom loving, limited government advocates, we can use your help to get Republicans elected!  Of immediate need – locations to place the big 4’x 8’ signs.  Finally, we regularly get asked about the various Facebook sites involving Elbert County. Some we are not to familiar with, but others we know all too well.  Here is a link to information on who is behind the Elbert County Citizens site.  Social media is a wonderful tool, but one that can be misused and/or be misrepresented.

I’d love to hear from you, or better yet, I’d love to see you at one of the upcoming events. 

        

Tom Peterson

Chairman, Elbert County Republicans

(303) 229-6710; tmpeterson18@gmail.com 


A Word From the Chairman

Party Does Matter!!  

The local Democrats are working real hard to hide the fact that they are Democrats and to shield the D label from their candidates.  They have helped create a brand that no one wants to be a part of or stand behind, at least publicly.  There are fewer registered Democrats in Elbert County today than there were in 2008!  The percentage of D’s in the county has dwindled from 16% to 12% during that time and it continues to drop.  Unfortunately, for the Democrat candidates, they cannot run from the Party Platform.  The foundation to a candidate's position on all of the key issues can be found in the Party Platform.  Colorado Democrats have approved the 2018 Colorado Democratic Party Platform.  The Platform spells out where they stand on a wide range of public policy issues.   The document wasn’t developed in a vacuum in Boulder or Denver, but had input from Democrats from across the state and was approved at the State Central Committee Meeting hosted in Elizabeth (yes, our Elizabeth) at EHS on July 14.    The document clearly identifies where they stand on a host of issues including taxes, the 2nd Amendment, socialized medicine, abortion, energy, etc.  Attached is a link to a short summary of key provisions.   

Before voters buy into the false argument that Party doesn’t matter and just vote for the most “experienced” candidate, check out the Colorado Democratic Party Platform.  After reading it, you tell me, for example, if you want a Democrat Sheriff who supports the Democrat Platform and the erosion of our 2ndAmendment rights; open borders, and the Constitution being a “living breathing document” as well as other widely held Democrat positions of eliminating ICE, pro-sanctuary cities, pro-marijuana, etc. 

Party DOES Matter.  If you are a Democrat, be a proud one and tell us why you voted for Hillary and why you are active in the anti-Trump Indivisibles.  I’m a proud Republican.  I support the President, the Republican Platform and our Republican candidates including Sheriff candidate Tim Norton.    

Tom Peterson

Chairman

Elbert County Republicans

(303) 229-6710; tmpeterson18@gmail.com 


A Word from the Chairman

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     2018 has all the early indications of being an exciting election year. Control of the US Senate at the national level is a key issue, a crowded governor’s race, and several competitive local elections here in Elbert County. I am impressed by the quality of our Republican candidates. We have posted information on each of them on the ECR website, this includes our first announced candidate for county commissioner District 2. The key qualities that I’m looking for in any candidate are their experience, education, demonstrated commitment to Republican values, understanding of key issues, and plan if elected. You can meet each of the Republican candidates running for Elbert County office at the Elbert County Republican Women sponsored Meet the Republican Candidate Forum planned for 7:00pm, Thursday, March 15, at Legacy Academy. Shown below are important dates of the 2018 election and opportunities for you to get connected and involved. Hopefully, we will see you along the way as we volunteer and work together to advance the principles of limited, efficient, constitutional government.

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Tom Peterson
Chairman, Elbert County Republicans
tmpeterson18@gmail.com; (303) 229-6710

Elbert County Republican - 2018 Election


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Precinct Caucus – Tuesday, March 6; 6:30pm – Check in; 7:00pm – meeting start time.

Locations: Precincts 1 – 5: Running Creek Elementary School
Precincts 6 – 10: Singing Hills Elementary School
Precinct 11: Mercantile Building – Elbert
Precinct 12: Rattlesnake Fire District – Sun Country
Precinct 13, 14: Kiowa School – Kiowa
Precinct 15: Simla Police Department Community Room
Check the Secretary of State website: www.govotecolorado.com to verify your precinct. Or contact ECR Secretary, Carol Hinds, at carol.hinds70@icloud.com

 

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Republican Candidate Meet & Greet – Thursday, March 15

6:30pm – Refreshments; 7:00pm – Meeting Start Time; Legacy Academy: Just west of Walmart – Elizabeth; Sponsored by the Elbert County Republican Women. www.elbertcountyrepublicanwomen.com

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County Assembly – Saturday, March 24

10:30am Registration and Check in; 12:00noon Start; Elbert County Fairgrounds – Kiowa

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Colorado State Assembly - Saturday, April 14

12:00noon; Boulder Event Center

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Lincoln Day Dinner – Saturday, May 5

Elbert County Fairgrounds – Kiowa; 5:00pm Social Hour and Silent Auction; 6:00pm – Dinner and Program; Tickets available online at www.elbertcountyrepublicans.com.

Primary Election – June 26
General Election – November 6


Letter from the Chair - December 30, 2017

A Word from the Chairman - 2017 Highlights from the Elbert County Republicans

As 2017 comes to a close, we reflect on the year. Voter registration in the county eclipsed the 20,000 person mark and approximately 200 new Republicans were added to the county list of registered Republicans. We are approaching the 11,000 registered Republican mark and maintain a 54% plus share of registered voters in the county for the 10th straight year. This was done at the same time the Democrats added less than 20 and have dwindled to an all-time low of just above 12%. We had a very active year and Vice Chairman Bob Lewis has summarized the 2017 Highlights of the Elbert County Republicans. At the national level, the GOP Party Platform is rock solid and the Accomplishments of President Trump are many and highlighted by his appointment of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. The RNC had a record fundraising year and is positioned to make gains to the Republican US Senate majority in 2018. The State GOP under the direction of Chairman Jeff Hays have assembled a great team to support the election of a Republican governor, attorney general, secretary of state, and treasurer. The goal is to maintain a Republican majority in the Colorado Senate and gain ground in the Colorado House. Locally, our county commissioner team of Chris Richardson, Danny Willcox, and Grant Thayer hit the ground running in January and by end of year have doubled the financial reserves of the county, while at the same time increasing services to county residents. The new Samuel Elbert Administration Building opened in October for improved customer service and the county staff has been solidified to implement a number of key initiatives in 2018. I thank all of the many volunteers and supporters who work tirelessly in support of our principles of limited, efficient, constitutional government, freedom, and individual responsibility. A special thanks to the ECR Executive Committee consisting of Vice Chairman Bob Lewis; Secretary Carol Hinds; Treasurer Josiah Matthews; and District Captains Dan Guthrie, Denise Reeves, and Doug Bankert.

Wishing all of you a wonderful and prosperous 2018. I look forward to working with many of you in the coming year as we strive to promote our principles and get Republicans elected.

In God We Trust!!

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Tom Peterson, Chairman
Elbert County Republicans
Tmpeterson18@gmail.com (303) 229-6710


Letter from the Chair, October 23, 2017

October 23, 2017

Dear Fellow Republicans,                              

Registered voters in Elbert County have received ballots for the 2017 election.  There are a number of local school board elections.  Shown below are recommendations on the Republican candidates in each one.    

Party affiliation provides the clearest indication of a candidate’s values on fiscal accountability and the role of government.  Republican’s uphold the constitutional government that has made America the beacon of liberty and opportunity for mankind.  School choice, empowered parents, and respected teachers are critical, and values supported by Republicans.  Party affiliation helps us understand the approach to governing that the candidates will have if elected. 

Republicans oppose a Federal government imposed one-size-fits-all approach to education and support a broad range of choices for parents and children at the state and local level.  Republicans reject the imposition of national standards and assessments, encourage the parents and educators who are implementing alternatives to Common Core. 

School boards in our state, unfortunately, don’t list partisan affiliations for the candidates. It lets liberals and teacher unions win by stealth.  Here are the Republican (pro-freedom, pro-school choice, pro-3Rs, pro-America) contenders in our Elbert County communities.

 

Douglas County Schools (NW)

  • Ryan Abresch
  • Randy Mills
  • Grant Nelson
  • Debora Scheffel

Elizabeth Schools

  • Carol Hinds
  • Cary Karcher
  • Paul Benkendorf

Big Sandy Schools (Simla area)

  • Chad Maranville

Agate Schools

  • Jennifer Bracht
  • Doug Purdy

Limon Schools

  • Craig Bailey
  • J. Troy Jaklich
  • James Gillis
  • Theron Perry

Peyton Schools

  • Jim Eckelberry
  • Julie Mannering

 

Democrats and the media, with their “progressive” preference for government by expertise, elitism, and emotionalism, find parties inconvenient for all the same reasons that conservatives find them valuable.  
The left prefers the murky shadows of nonpartisanship to the sharp clarity of R versus D, brakes versus accelerator.  Don’t be fooled. They want you off guard for easier access to your wallet.

Mark your ballot thoughtfully and return it early and so it is returned NO LATER THAN NOVEMBER 7. 

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Tom Peterson

Chairman, Elbert County Republicans

tmpeterson18@gmail.com  (303) 229-6710


Letter from the Chair, September 15, 2017

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From the Chairman:  Republicans Invite President Trump to Elbert County –
How do you think President Trump is doing?  Where does the Republican Party stand in its support of the President?  We continue to be asked those questions.  To make it very clear where we stand, at least as the Republican Party in Elbert County, we put our position down in writing.   The (Letter)signed by members of our Central Committee, indicates our “unwavering” support of the President and his agenda to Make America Great Again.  We invited him to be the guest speaker at our 2018 Lincoln Day Dinner and said we continue to be appalled by the lame stream media!  Chances are slim he will come out to little old Elbert County, but I’m glad we showed our support and gave him some encouragement.

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Tom Peterson
Chairman, Elbert County Republicans
tmpeterson18@gmail.com  (303) 229-6710


Letter from the Chair, September 4, 2017

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A Word From the Chairman:

Shattered is a pretty good title for the book about Hillary Clinton’s failed campaign for President. I thought it would be a quick 10 minute scan but I read it word-for-word, cover-to-cover. Written by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, the book was a behind the scenes look at the Clinton Campaign. For the most part, it was an objective overview of insights from those involved. For us Republicans, the main issue seems obvious, a flawed candidate who ran a troubled filled campaign. There were a few key takeaways, however, and here are my top 3.

  • When you don’t stand for anything, it’s hard to attract support. Although she had a lifetime to figure out what she stood for, the campaign (and the Democratic National Committee for that matter) struggled to define their values and message. The primary message was “I deserve it and he’s an idiot.” Stronger Together was the poll tested tagline that failed to draw the middle of the road voter. 
  • You run a risk when you give up on voters. The campaign was driven by polling and analytics. Where to go and what to say was based entirely on voter analysis. A decision was made early on to put the vast amount of resources into the major population centers. Drive voter turnout of the favorable demographics in the urban areas, especially low income and minority. The data was clear that it was a heavy lift to stray from the big cities and persuade the undecided rural voters (in areas like Elbert County) that Hillary was their candidate. The results proved them right. This strategy lead to vast swaths of rural America voting deep Republican red.
  • Russia is Fake News! The day after the election the leaders of the campaign huddled at their headquarters in Brooklyn, New York. They quickly agreed that the narrative of how she lost would be none other than Russia! The start of the biggest fake news story since the election. 

Although it is tempting to gloat in the Republican victory, the reality is we lost in Colorado. The changing demographics in the state combined with the all-out assault by the fake news media supporting the progressive liberal agenda means it will be more difficult to win moving forward. We need all the help and support we can to stop the growth of government, defend the Constitution, protect freedom, and elect a Republican Governor in 2018. 

Let me know if you are interested in getting involved and helping out.
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Tom Peterson
Chairman
Elbert County Republicans
(303) 229-6710, tmpeterson18@gmail.com


Letter From The Chair, August 12, 2017

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We Thank Our County Commissioners:   

We have hit the 200 day mark since our 3 county commissioners 
took the oath of office in January.  Republican Commissioners Danny Willcox, Chris Richardson, and Grant Thayer have formed a great team 
and have already developed an impressive list of accomplishments.  Consider the following;  

  1. Three Commissioners working together in a very collaborative, professional manner for the good of the county's residents.
  2. Restructured BOCC meetings to provide for more discussion of issues prior to taking action and greatly increased opportunities for public input.
  3. Adopted policy for Strategic Planning to ensure the County Establishes and accomplishes measurable goals that support our vision, mission, and values.
  4. Established Contingency Fund ($500K) and Stability Fund ($3.2M) with initial proceeds from the Rush Creek Wind Farm.  These two funds will allow the county to continue to provide a consistent level of service to our citizens through any future economic downturns such as the recent housing slump.
  5. Roads – 
    1. Completed a complete Pavement Condition Assessment to determine the effectiveness of the current asphalt maintenance program and prioritize future projects.
    2. Approved traffic count studies for main gravel roadways and condition assessment of all county bridges to support a county-wide update of the current Western Elbert County Transportation Plan.
    3. Hired an experienced Public Works Director to oversee county road and bridge program.
    4. Published a series of three letters to our citizens outlining our road issues.
  6. Acquired the vacant Bank of the West Building at well below professionally appraised value without taking on any new debt and ensuring adequate space for county operations for decades to come.
  7. Converted potential minerals value into actual revenue ($90K) through leasing of minerals under county owned roads. 
  8. Continuing to review procedures for getting info to the public and public input and working to continuously improve.

 We thank Commissioners Richardson, Willcox, and Thayer for their hard work and commitment to conservative values.  We appreciate all they are doing on behalf of the citizens of Elbert County.

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Tom Peterson, Chairman
Elbert County Republicans
(303) 229-6710 tmpeterson18@gmail.com


Letter From The Chair - July 28, 2017

Republican Values on Display – Western Conservative Summit 2017  

The 2017 Western Conservative Summit (WCS) was held at the Denver Convention Center on July 21 -23 and attracted several hundred attendees to what many consider the foremost conservative political event west of the Mississippi.  I particularly enjoyed the Friday evening program that included journalist Katie Pavlich, “Freedom (for citizens) is the basis of good government. More freedom results in less government.”  and 23 year old Charlie Kirk, founder and executive director of Turning Point USA“Two questions that refute socialism – Do you trust government to spend your money wisely?  Then why would you be in favor of more government?”  The highlight of the evening was US Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke.  He shared that “The war on energy is over!”  Revenue from offshore drilling is down from $18 B/year 8 years ago to $2.4 B today.  He said “We should produce energy on our land for the benefit of everyone."  "Our great land belongs to us!”  “I work for you.”    US Senator Cory Gardner spoke and defended his position on health care.  He mentioned that we need to “Reel in overregulation" and that “We don’t need more regulations to empower the government, but more regulations to empower the people.”      More Freedom, Less Government … core Republican values.  I encourage all to attend the WCS next year and get connected with the Centennial Institute.     

P.S.  On a side note, The Denver Post and the main stream media (CBS, NBC, ABC) covered the event and the headline news was not the policy issues but the 5 or 6 protesters (rumored to be paid) that collectively had 120 seconds of stardom.  Inaccurate, misleading, and biased – Fake News at its finest (or worst). 

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Tom Peterson
Chairman, Elbert County Republicans


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