Republicans confuse members’ personal candidate preference for party endorsement

Republicans engage in “”gotcha” politics
Douglas County, CO – The Douglas County Democratic Party (DCDP) has not endorsed candidates for the Douglas County School Board election and any statement to the contrary is false. There is no process for officially endorsing candidates in the Douglas County Democratic party. We believe discussion of endorsements by the Democratic Party is an attempt to divert the conversation away from the important issue of public education in Douglas County.

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Message from the Chair

There is just a few days to go before the ballots are counted and we know the outcome of the Douglas County School Board election.

This year, as in years past, every vote counts.

As a community, the controversy around what’s happening in our schools, to our teachers, parents and students, has taken a toll on all of us.

It’s been a long fight, and so many of us have worked so hard for so long, it seems as if we’ll never reach our goal.

But, things are changing. You can see it in the people who have come together to fight the current Board, and the board members who waste taxpayer money and deny our constitutional rights.

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False GOP Claims Cloud School Board Race

False information and irresponsible “fear” politics are once again in play as Douglas County gears up for another potentially controversial school board election. In the latest release of inaccuracies by the county’s Republican Party, an email claims that pro-education candidates have been endorsed by the Democratic Party.

The email, sent out by Douglas County GOP Chair Tanne Blackburn, calls on party members to stress that falsehood in conversations with voters.

“The Douglas County Democrats have always followed written party policy in nonpartisan races,” said Mike Jones, Chair, Douglas County Democrats. “Our party has not and will not officially endorse any candidates in this race. To say that we have or will is simply false information and irresponsible politics.”

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Message from the Chair - April 2014

March was a very busy month for Democrats in Douglas County, following an equally busy February.

In addition to our regularly scheduled events, March started off with the final training sessions for Caucus Facilitators and a Meet and Greet with Senator Mark Udall. Caucus was held, with a lot of attention paid to resolutions for our party platform. Andrew Romanoff was in Highlands Ranch for a well attended house party. The Clinton Carter dinner was very successful both socially and financially. Jamie LaRue gave an insightful speech and Jenny Koch talked about the state party’s plans for the upcoming election. Attendees heard from Andrew Romanoff, Vic Meyers, Don Quick, CU Regent Joe Neguse, Naquetta Ricks and Cameron Bean on behalf of Senator Mark Udall. CD6 had their Central Committee meeting in preparation for their Assembly next month. Douglas County Dems, House Districts and Senate Districts held their assemblies on the same day. The assemblies were visited by Governor Hickenlooper, Senator Mark Udall, Betsy Markey, Vic Meyers and Andrew Romanoff. Mitch Wright, Chair of CD6 and Dianne Bailey, Chair of CD4 attended. I closed out the month with a Metro Chairs meeting downtown. A special thanks to those who worked the long hours to make all these events possible.

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Message from the Chair - March 2014

On Tuesday, March 4, Democrats from all over the county will gather for this year’s caucus. It’s an event that happens every two years, and is an integral part of our Democracy in this country. A caucus gives you and your neighbors the opportunity to choose the candidates you want to represent you in the general election, to elect delegates to the county and the state assemblies, and to discuss and take action on the issues that affect you, your family and your community.

A caucus is at the very heart of the Democratic Party because we believe that the voice of the entire community should be heard. At a Democratic caucus, we encourage everyone to bring in their ideas and to talk with their neighbors about what matters- what’s important to preserving what our founders fought for- Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

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Message from the Chair - January 2014

It's a new year … It's an even numbered year.

A new year brings new opportunities to get involved in the election process and in your community. An even numbered year brings Caucus, Assembly, selection of delegates and a chance to run for office in Douglas County.

Several US and state offices are up for election or re-election. The state races that have the most impact for Douglas County are Andrew Romanoff for State Representative to the US Congress in CD6, Naquetta Ricks for Regent of UC in CD6 and Vic Meyers for Representative to the US Congress in CD4. For more information on candidate races, go to

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Message from the Chair - November 2013

While the results of Tuesday’s election were disappointing, Democrats in Douglas County are committed to advancing our public schools. We believe that educating all children is a public trust and that our children are not profit centers.

Outside interests such as the Koch brothers and their allies, who want to privatize our schools, poured over a million dollars into the recent school board race and were barely able to convince just over half the voters to vote for their candidates.

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