Dems announce speakers for chili supper


    By Lynn Frederick
    Special to The PREVIEW
    The Democratic Party will host a total of four speakers at its annual Chili Supper, which will be held on Friday, Oct. 6, at the County Extension building, located at the Archuleta County Fairgrounds.
    The dinner begins at 5 p.m., with speakers’ presentations at 6 p.m.
    This year, we are honored to have four notable speakers: our representative to the state assembly, Barbara McLachlan; the state Democratic chair, Morgan Carroll; Chris Kennedy, candidate for the Third U.S. Congressional District; and Noel Ginsberg, candidate for governor.
    A donation of $10 is suggested for an adult dinner; children are free. In addition to a variety of chili with all the trimmings, we will have salad, cornbread and ice cream sundaes. A cash bar will be available.
    McLachlan was elected in 2016. She is on the Education Committee and the Transportation and Energy Committee. Among the bills she has sponsored is one to address the shortage of teachers in rural communities. This bill allowed school districts to hire retired teachers without it affecting the teachers’ retirement. She has sponsored resolutions supporting our national monuments and Colorado Ute Indians.
    McLachlan is also co-chair of the Young Farmers Committee, which is charged with encouraging young people to pursue careers in agriculture and in preserving our lands for agriculture. McLachlan will welcome your questions about issues facing our county and state.
    A Colorado native, Carroll was elected chair of the Colorado Democratic Party in March 2017. She will discuss the many new initiatives being implemented by the state party in preparation for the important 2018 elections. She represented District 36 in the Colorado House for four years and served two terms in the Colorado Senate. She was president of the Senate in 2013-14 and minority leader in 2015. She was also a candidate for the Sixth U.S. House District in 2016. She is author of “Take Back Your Government: A Citizen’s Guide to Grassroots Change” and is a practicing attorney.
    Kennedy recently announced that he will be seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Scott Tipton in the Third U.S. Congressional District. Kennedy is a Marine veteran who serves on the Grand Junction City Council. He is the owner of a telecommunications firm.
    Ginsberg is an entrepreneur and civic leader from Denver who has announced his candidacy for governor. He is founder and CEO of Intertech Plastics, Intertech Medical Inc. and founder of Colorado Advanced Manufacturers’ Alliance. He was tapped by Gov. John Hickenlooper to weigh in on career education. The result of that was CareerWise, which is an apprentice program that leads students to alternative postsecondary career opportunities.
    All donations benefit the local party. Food donations are requested: chili, shredded cheese, salad (ready to eat), chips and salsa.
    If you would like to submit your chili for judging, please pick up the form for that at the front desk. And, if you want to donate chili or other food items, volunteer to assist, or have questions, contact Sue Yalom at 731-1091 or Becky Herman at 903-0788. Everyone is welcome. Hope to see you there.