A Word from the Chairman

Election_2018.jpg A Word from the Chairman:

     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.

Tom Peterson
Chairman, Elbert County Republicans
[email protected]; (303) 229-6710

Elbert County Republican - 2018 Election


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 [email protected]



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


County Assembly – Saturday, March 24

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


Colorado State Assembly - Saturday, April 14

12:00noon; Boulder Event Center


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!!


Tom Peterson, Chairman
Elbert County Republicans
[email protected] (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. 


Tom Peterson

Chairman, Elbert County Republicans

[email protected]  (303) 229-6710

Letter from the Chair, September 15, 2017


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.


Tom Peterson
Chairman, Elbert County Republicans
[email protected]  (303) 229-6710

Letter from the Chair, September 4, 2017


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.
Tom Peterson
Elbert County Republicans
(303) 229-6710, [email protected]

Letter From The Chair, August 12, 2017


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.

Tom Peterson, Chairman
Elbert County Republicans
(303) 229-6710 [email protected]

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). 


Tom Peterson
Chairman, Elbert County Republicans

Letter From The Chair - June 20, 2017

One of the initiatives being implemented by new Colorado Republican State Party Chairman Jeff Hays is to connect personally with each County Party Chairman each month.  Jeff spent 30 minutes on the phone with me on Friday, June 16, and listened to what we are doing in Elbert County and offered suggestions.  He also shared some exciting new developments.  Jeff was one of 9 state party chairman (all from swing states) who met with the President earlier this month in Washington DC.  The relationship between the White House and the Republican National Committee is excellent and the RNC had a record quarter in fundraising.  Plans are being put into place for the RNC to work with the state parties to implement winning strategies to get Republicans elected.  Jeff was with us at our ECR Lincoln Day Dinner on May 6 and is committed to working with the county parties especially on voter registration and communication.  Suggestions, comments or to get connected visit www.cologop.org or on Facebook at Colorado GOP. 
Tom Peterson
Chairman, Elbert County Republicans

Elbert County Loves President Trump! June 15, 2017

A Word from the Chairman, June 15, 2017.  

Elbert County Loves President Trump!!  We had a great time at the Elizabash Parade & Street Fair on Saturday, June 3.  We thank the Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce for putting on such a wonderful event.  The response to our presence in the parade and at the booth along Main Street was tremendous.  The big Trump–Pence 4’x 8’ sign was visible at the exhibit booth and we had dozens of supporters come up and thank us for being present and offer words of encouragement and pledges of support for us and especially President Trump and his agenda to Make America Great Again!  

Supporters were generous in their donations and if we heard it once we heard it literally a hundred times – “I can’t stand to watch the Fake News mainstream media.”   Keep the faith, Elbert County Republicans, and continue to show your support for our President who is doing his best to Drain the Swamp of big government!  


Tom Peterson

Chairman, Elbert County Republicans



So, last night (February 17), I stayed up well past my bedtime and watched the President’s News Conference from earlier in the day.  It was fascinating.  President Trump started by describing all that he is doing to fulfill his campaign promises and implement his agenda.  He then opened it up to an extended unscripted Q/A with all his friends from the mainstream media (MSM).  He did a great job.  His focus on jobs, the economy, national security, building relationships with industry and other nations was impressive.  

Two takeaways:  The first was when he said, “I don’t have a problem with bad media, just so it is truthful.”  The second, “I’m amazed at the level of hate and hate filled attitude from those on the other side.”   The room was packed with reporters and it could have gone on for hours as virtually every one had a question.  Afterwords, I thought for sure there would be some positive coverage from what I considered an extraordinary exchange in which he was candid, forthright and compelling.  But, not the MSM.  Just like it was when he came to Denver last June, the coverage was all negative.  

Whether it be ABC, CNN, or whomever.  It’s clear that the other side, led by the MSM, not only oppose what he is doing, but have an all-out hate-filled approach to distort, degrade, and detract. In their eyes, he can’t do anything right and they are out to get him.  I’m glad he is speaking directly to the people and I for one need to take my red Make America Great Again hat off the dresser and put it back on and actively support our President who is doing exactly what he said he would do.  Think of the reaction from the other side and the MSM if just a fraction of the 62 million who voted for the President stood up and said enough is enough with the hate of a great man who is off to a great start.        

Tom Peterson


Chairman, Elbert County Republicans. 

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