A Word from the Chairman

 A Word from the Chairman: 

Congratulations to each of the newly elected members of the Elbert County Republican Executive Committee.  We have a strong team with a great balance of new and fresh perspectives and those who have taken a leadership role in a our recent election success.  Elbert County Republicans had a 94%+ voter turnout in November and we provided 10,000 plus votes for our higher assembly candidates like District Attorney John Kellner who received 78% of the Elbert County vote and won the Judicial 18th District election in a very tight race.  We want to build on this momentum and continue to support candidates and elected officials who are committed to our core values and the Make America Great Again agenda!  It’s a busy week with a number of events planned and opportunities for you to get involved and help make a difference. 

As always, if you have any suggestions or comments, I would love to hear from you.

Sincerely,

Tom Peterson

Chairman

Elbert County Republicans

[email protected]

(303) 229-6710


A Word from the Chairman

 A Word from the Chairman: 

“I’m MAD as a hornet, but where do we go from here?”  This is a common type statement from many Republicans.  It describes how we feel about an election that was stolen away, where little (or not enough) was done about it, and where Republican officials stood by and didn’t take the allegations of voter fraud seriously and didn’t have President Trump’s back when he needed it.  Part of the frustration is that many feel we are no longer being represented but ruled over.  We need to address the election integrity issue or it will be a problem again in the next election!  It’s clear the opposition now includes the biased main stream media, the censorship of Big Tech, the cancel culture fostered by our education system, and most recently corporate America siding with liberals and boycotting conservative products.   

In terms of where do we go from here?  My suggestion would be to avoid going it alone.  This is a team sport.  Get engaged, stay connected, make your voices heard and let’s hold our elected officials accountable.  Provided below are a number of upcoming events and activities that might be of interest to you.   IMPEACH the DEMOCRATS!  If you are interested in a big roadway sign like this, please reply to [email protected]  The Democrats plea for unity is very disingenuous.  I addressed it locally with a Letter to the Editor of The Ranchland News in response to a recent Rim Top Ramblings by leftist Beth Shelly. 

If you have ideas, suggestions, or feedback, I would sure like to hear from you.

Tom Peterson

Chairman

Elbert County Republicans

[email protected]   


A Word From the Chairman

 A Word from the Chairman

What a week.  Starting with the debacle in Georgia and the loss of two US Senate seats; the Electoral College proceedings with the lack of support of the President and push back against voter fraud; the violence at the US Capitol; the widespread censorship of conservatives by Big Tech on social media; the call by Democrat leaders for another round of impeachment hearings of President Trump, and finally the wrangling within the Republican Party of where we go from here. 

Here is a link to a thoughtful perspective from my colleague Kaye Ferry, Chair, Eagle County Republicans, regarding the violence at the US Capitol.  The lack of Republican support for President Trump during the Electoral College proceedings was so disappointing and we need to find more leaders like Representative Lauren Boebert.  I think it is clear no one wants to go back to the days of Mitt Romney, John McCain and other career politician types who play nice in the swamp.   South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has come the closest to getting it right in an article entitled The Republican Party Has Failed America, And Here’s How It Needs To Change Now.  

   Our collective opponent is the Democrat Party and their radical plans for censorship, socialism, control and defunding the police.  The opposition, however, includes the main stream media, Big Tech, much of higher education, the swamp creatures, etc.  With over 10,000 registered Republicans in Elbert County, we need to identify emerging leaders and get them involved so as to make the biggest impact in opposition of the Democrats and in support of our values of limited, constitutional government.  If you are interested in stepping up and making a difference, let me know as we are having our organizational meeting in February and need a few good men and women to be on the team. 

Sincerely,

Tom Peterson

Chairman

Elbert County Republicans

[email protected] 

(303) 229-6710


A Word from the Chairman - November 25, 2020

 A Word from the Chairman:

A few prominent Republicans are calling for President Trump to give up the fight and concede to Joe Biden.  It is so evident that there was election fraud and we need to put a spotlight on what happened.  Keep the fight, Mr. President, and drain the swamp of the Paul Ryans, the George Ws and the Mitt Romneys who say the election was “fundamentally fair” or support a “smooth transition of power.” 

Here is my perspective on Election Integrity – Understanding the Opportunity for Fraud.  I present the importance of checks and balances, accountability procedures, and transparency measures that we follow in Elbert County and the concerns of these practices not being followed in other areas. Like Rudy Giuliani said, “they are not going to cheat in Republican counties or neutral counties.  The cheating will be in the big urban counties where there isn’t any accountability.”   

So, Joe Biden spent weeks during the campaign in his basement.  Here is an interesting video from Dinesh D’Souza that presents the idea the Democrats focused on the ELECTION while Republicans focused on the CAMPAIGN.  So true, locally the Elbert County Democrats were all but invisible during the campaign.  Yet, they were fully staffed with poll watchers for the duration of the election.   

Tom Peterson

ECR Chairman

[email protected]


A Word From the Chairman

A Word from the Chairman:

            Election 2020 – a very disappointing election on so many levels.  This includes President Trump and Senator Gardner losing by such large margins in Colorado, the impact of voter fraud in several states, the premature claim of victory by the liberals, and the loss of several of the statewide amendments and propositions including late-term abortion, National Popular Vote, re-introduction of the grey wolf, etc.  Having said that, here are some bright spots from an Elbert County Republican perspective.  Link to Elbert County Election Results  

  • Elbert County Republicans had a 94% voter turnout and growing.*  We are currently at 10,214 votes in out of 10,858 eligible Republican active voters.  This is a record high and one of the highest voter turnouts by party in the state. We were 7% above the statewide average and beat the Elbert County Democrats who had a 89.3% voter turnout and the U’s/Other at 86.1%.  * - there are still a few hundred ballots to be counted due to “swaps” with other counties.  These are ballots that were dropped off or delivered to other counties.   
  • Nearly 54% of all ballots returned were Republican, 35.4% U/Other and only 10.7% Democrat.  A new record low percent for Elbert County Democrats.    
  • We pulled between 57.5% and 65% of Unaffiliated voters to our Republican candidates in contested races. 
  • Our support for President Trump increased over 2016.  We provided President Trump with 73.96% of the vote and 9,327 plus votes this year as compared with 72.53% and 8,480 plus votes for him in 2016.  Cory Gardner received 75.68% of the vote and 9,861 plus votes.  Once again, Elbert County held its ground for Republican candidates while other counties deteriorated. 
  • Our county commissioners received tremendous support.  Chris Richardson at 96% (4% for the write-in candidate) and 74% for Grant Thayer against a Democrat opponent.
  • We provided over 10,000 plus votes for US Representative Ken Buck and State Representative Richard Holtorf and 9,948 plus votes for John Kellner.
  • The Town of Kiowa defeated Ballot Measures 2B and 2C that would have legalized the sale of recreational marijuana. 
  • Our website www.elbertcountyrepublicans.com saw a PHENOMENAL level of traffic and our recommendations on amendments, propositions, and judges were followed by many voters.  For example, the three judges that we recommended a NO vote for being retained, all received over 45% NO!    

The importance of our Get Out The Vote (GOTV) efforts is evident in the John Kellner – Amy Padden race for district attorney in the 18th Judicial District.  The race is within 1,500 votes with John ahead.  The race should be called by Friday and will be decided by late returns.  The 75% - 25% vote for John Kellner in Elbert County was critical for him to be competitive and hopefully will carry him over the finish line.         

As the official Republican poll watcher in Elbert County, I couldn’t be prouder of the election operation led by Clerk and Recorder Dallas Schroeder, Election Manager Rhonda Braun and including the election judges from both parties.  We should all have a high confidence level in the election results in Elbert County due to the checks and balances in place, the levels of accountability, and the transparency in all program elements.  Having said that, every American should be concerned with the allegations of voter fraud in a number of states.  These issues include little or no accountability of signature verification, judges handling ballots without a representative from the other party, judges allowed to mark ballots, huge numbers of under votes (where ballots are marked for only one candidate), computer glitches that transpose vote totals, higher county vote totals than registered voters, ballots received after election day, boxes of ballots showing up in the middle of the night, intimidation of poll watchers, approved poll watchers prevented from observing ballot processing, votes by dead people, etc. 

Based on the sheer volume of signed affidavits of voting fraud, I stand behind the Trump Campaign to fight the premature calling of the election for Joe Biden. See allegations of voter fraud.  The election isn’t over until the results are certified, regardless of what the lamestream media says.  If the extent and severity of known voter fraud continues to grow, lawsuits may force recounts and put into play several states that the media has claimed victory for Biden.  I believe every allegation of voter fraud should be properly investigated and that the election results should NOT be certified until the issues are resolved.  We need to pray for our President, our country, and the daylighting of any and all voter fraud.   

Thank you for all your support and involvement.  It clearly made a difference.  A special thank you to the Elbert County Republican Central Committee and our many volunteers.  We had a ton of fun this fall (the Trump Train Caravan with the Tank was the best) and let’s stay committed to our conservative values and the Republican platform.   

Tom Peterson

Elbert County Chairman

[email protected]

(303) 229-6710


A Word From the Chairman

A Word from the Chairman: 

Election Day – Minus One and the ballot return numbers are improving every day!  There have already been 14,472 ballots processed in Elbert County and another 500 – 600 ballots were returned yesterday.  The Elbert County Elections Department is bracing for huge numbers today and tomorrow. 

Here is a link to the GOP Ballot Return Report 11-2-2020.  In Person Voting continued today at the Samuel Elbert Building in Kiowa and tomorrow from 7am – 7pm.  There will be two additional In Person Voting locations on election day, namely, the Elizabeth Town Hall and Spring Valley Golf Club.  Please check with any of your neighbors, friends and relatives who might need help to get their ballots turned in.  We have volunteers ready to assist if needed, more info below. 

The community response to the Trump Tank and ECR exhibit booth at the annual Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce Harvest Festival was outstanding! 

Election Day Coffee with the Commissioners – 10am @ Isabel’s in Elizabeth 

Start off Election Day by dropping off your ballot or voting in person and then come over to Isabel’s in Elizabeth for Election Day Coffee with the Commissioners.  Commissioners Chris Richardson and Grant Thayer will be there from 10am – 11am.  Isabel’s is located in the Post Office Plaza in Elizabeth.  All are Welcome!     

Thanks for all the help!

Tom Peterson

Chairman, Elbert County Republicans

(303) 229-6710

[email protected]


A Word From the Chairman

A Word from the Chairman: 

There are 4 days until Election Day 2020 and we encourage all Elbert County Republicans to vote and get your ballots turned in.

As of this morning, (Friday, October 30) only 62.4% of Elbert County Republicans have had ballots processed and counted.  Statewide, the ballot return gap between Republicans and Democrats is tightening, but there is still a huge deficit so every Republican vote in Elbert County is needed to offset the Democrat advantage in Denver, Boulder, etc. 

Provided below is information on Drop Box Locations, In-Person Voting, Track Your Ballot, Ballot Pick Up, and guidance on the Amendments/Propositions and Judges.  Please check with any of your neighbors, friends and relatives who might need help to get their ballots turned in.  We have volunteers ready to assist if needed.  A recent poll showed that there are still some voters who are undecided. 

Here is a Trump vs. Biden Comparison Document that compares the two presidential candidates. 

We hope to see you at the Elizabeth Harvest Festival tomorrow (Saturday, October 31) at Casey Jones Park in Elizabeth.  Keith Schofield and The Big Trump Tank will be making a return appearance! 

Thanks for all the help!

Tom Peterson

Chairman, Elbert County Republicans

(303) 229-6710

[email protected]


A Word from the Chairman

A Word from the Chairman: 

We are eleven days out from November 3rd and our election efforts are in full swing.  President Trump crushed it in the debate last night.  See the RNC recap below.  We had a tremendous response to the Back the Blue Appreciation Cookout & Trump Train Caravan on Friday, October 16.   The Big Gun (thank you Keith Schofield) made the caravan as one person said, an “epic event.”  Here is a link to the caravan.  A big thank you to Jeff Franken and team from Front Range Kubota for the hamburgers, brats, and dogs; Nickeya McConnell for coordinating the event; and for our special guests including Sheriff Tim Norton, Undersheriff Dave Fisher, and County Commissioners Chris Richardson (candidate District 1) and Grant Thayer (candidate District 3). 

Get Your Ballots in Elbert County Republicans!  As of this morning, approximately 25% of Republican ballots in Elbert County have been processed.  This is in comparison to around 35% for Democrats.  Here is a link to Drop Box Locations, In-Person Voting, Ballot Trax, and Voter RegistrationGuidance on amendments, propositions, and judges is provided on our website.  A handy “Why Vote for Trump?” document is helpful with the few voters out there that are still undecided.  The biggest help we need in these last few days is to support our Get Out The Vote Efforts.  To volunteer, please contact me at [email protected].    

Special Volunteer Request – Help Needed in LaJunta on Saturday & Denver on Sunday  Join me this weekend as we help our Republican friends in two key areas.  A team is headed to Otero County (LaJunta) on Saturday in support of CD3 Congressional Candidate Loeren Boebert and another team is headed to Denver on Sunday in support of our Republican efforts in the belly of the Democrat beast.  Join us on either Saturday or Sunday or both.  For more information, email me at [email protected] or at (303) 229-6710. 

Thanks for the help!

Tom Peterson

Chairman

Elbert County Republicans


A Word from the Chairman

A Word from the Chairman: 

Ballots for the 2020 General Election are in the mail and should be received within the week.  If you do not receive your ballot or have questions on voting, see the Ballots & Election Info for more information.  The ballots are lengthy, 2 pages (Sample Ballot) and include 11 statewide measures (amendments/propositions) and numerous judges.  We have developed recommendations on Amendments & Propositions and Judges.  There is a ton of momentum and enthusiasm for President Trump and our Republican candidates.  There was a net increase of 270 registered voters in Elbert County in the month of September. 187 of the voters or 69% were Republican, 57 or 21 % were Unaffiliated, and only 14 or 5% were Democrat. There are still some undecided voters out there.  Here is an informative guide to address the issues and address the question  “I can’t believe you would vote for Trump.”  (Link to Response Article)     We continue to have a lot of fun during the campaign except for dealing with having dozens and dozens of signs stolen.  Hope you can join us on Friday for our Back the Blue Appreciation Hamburger Cookout and Trump Train Caravan.

Thanks for all the help!

Elbert County Republican Keith Schofield and his US Army Tank will be the Grand Marshall for our Trump Train Caravan on Friday.  Hope you can make it.   

    

Tom Peterson

Chairman, ECR

(303) 229-6710


A Word from the Chairman

A Word from the Chairman: 

Momentum is building towards the 2020 General Election.  An election with two very distinct perspectives and platforms.  The Republican platform of law and order, free market economics, and the protection of our freedoms versus the Democrat agenda that supports raising taxes on middle-class families, policies that would decimate our oil & gas industry, and advocating for a full government takeover of healthcare. The Trump Campaign is committed to Colorado and are pumping a ton of resources to win the state and support Cory Gardner.  Our Summer Picnic held on July 25 was a huge success.  State Representative Richard Holtorf, State Senator Jerry Sonnenberg, Commissioners Grant Thayer, Chris Richardson, and Rick Pettitt were all in attendance along with DA Candidate John Kellner and Governor candidate Greg Lopez.  Over $2,500 was raised in support of our Republican efforts.  Our float in the Elbert County Parade was a YUGE success!  2 huge trailers all TRUMPed up. 

We continue to contact voters locally.  Phone bank parties are being held, teams are knocking on doors, Trump and Gardner Signs are going up, and we are hosting voter registration tables including one Saturday in Kiowa.  One local concern is a petition effort in Kiowa to legalize the sale of marijuana.  The Town Council voted it down at its meeting in July but a citizen led petition is putting it on the ballot.  This is something that we will weigh in on.  We are planning a Trump Train BBQ for September 26.    Trump Yard Signs are available at a number of locations in Elizabeth and Kiowa, more information below.  In closing, we are always looking for more volunteers.  Let me know if interested in helping out and thanks for the help. 

 

In support of freedom,

 

Tom Peterson

Chairman

Elbert County Republicans

[email protected]

(303) 229-6710