County Assembly & Convention 2020

Timeline:

House District Meetings

Thursday, March 26, 2020

5:15 PM - 8:00 PM

Senate District Meetings

Friday, March 27, 2020

5:15 PM - 8:00 PM

Main Meeting

Saturday, March 28, 2020

8:45 AM - 2:00 PM

County Commissioner &

Location for All Meetings:  GoToWebinar on your home computer

Registration: Delegates, you will be contacted with a web link that will give you access to the webinar, watch your email closely.

We highly suggest that you have a wired connection on your computer instead of a wireless connection.

ACCOMMODATIONS WILL BE MADE IF NECESSARY TO ENABLE ACCESS TO ALL DELEGATES. Please email epcdems@gmail.com with requests for accommodations.

You all have likely been following along with the news of what's going on in the state legislature in reaction to coronavirus (COVID-19). The law and rules at the time of the COVID-19 outbreak did not allow dates to be changed or remote or electronic meetings or voting. Therefore, we pursued emergency legislation, emergency executive orders and emergency rules to allow us to make the necessary changes to protect public health and safety, while also ensuring that voters can still exercise their right to vote. That bill has passed through the legislature, both house and senate and has been signed by the Governor. Our assembly and convention will be remote via webinar that is accessible by phone and computer. Accommodations will be made for those who do not have access to a computer.

Our focus is on protecting public health and safety, while ensuring the wheels of democracy continue to move forward fairly. 

Why Are Meetings Via Webinar This Year?

Platform:

Majority Report

The Majority Report contains the resolutions from caucus that received support from a majority of the El Paso County Democratic Party Executive Committee. You will vote Yes or No to accept or reject the entire Majority Report.

Minority Report

The Minority Report contains the resolutions from caucus that received support from a minority of the El Paso County Democratic Party Executive Committee. You will vote Yes or No one each individual resolution.

Official Call:

More Details from Electra Johnson, County Chair

If you are a delegate,  you should have received your Official Call email and  House District Breakout email.

If you have not:

First, check your inbox and spam folder, looking for an email from epcdems@gmail.org with the display name is Electra Johnson, Chair El Paso County Democratic Party. If you can't find an email in your inbox or spam folder, contact epcdems@gmail.com to verify your email address and request a resend.

 

If you don't have e-mail and have not yet received a phone call yet, call the office at 719-473-8713.

Sent Via E-mail

FAQs

Q: Isn't it easier for you to just resend the email to me?

A: No. Sending and managing this large set of emails is a huge job being handled by volunteers. So, no, it isn't easier for us to do a resend the email than for you to search your mail folders.

Q: What do I need to do before the webinars begin.

A.

  1. Preregister via the survey monkey link found in your email. There is a link in the Official Call email as well as the House District Breakout email. You only need to preregister once for the entire Assembly & Convention.

  2. Watch the You Tube video on how GoToWebinar works. There is a link in the Official Call email as well as the House District Breakout email.

  3. Register for your House District Breakout Webinar. You will find this link in the House District Break Out email. You will  then receive another email with a link to the webinar. When it is time for the webinar to begin, simply click the Join Webinar button. If you have never used GoToWebinar, it might ask you to install the application. 

  4. When you receive emails for your Senate District  and County Commissioner BreakOut meetings, click on the links in those emails to register for the webinar. NOTE: Only Senate Districts and County Commission Districts with an office up for re-election in 2020 will have break out sessions. If your district does not have an office up for re-election, you will not have a breakout session and will not receive an email. You can tell whether or not your district have a position up for re-election by clicking on the corresponding candidate link in the section above.

FOR ALL DELEGATES

 

EL PASO COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY

Assembly & Convention 2020 

 

8:45 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Location: Your home computer

Registration: You will be contacted next week with a web link that will give you access to the webinar, watch your email closely.

We highly suggest that you have a wired connection on your computer instead of a wireless connection.

ACCOMMODATIONS WILL BE MADE IF NECESSARY TO ENABLE ACCESS TO ALL DELEGATES

- PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU NEED THEM

 

HOUSE DISTRICT MEETINGS

5:15-8:00

THURSDAY MARCH 26, 2020

 

 

State: HD 14: 

John Foley

 

 

State: HD15: 

John L. Pyne IV*

 

 

State: HD 16: 

Stephanie Vigil *

 

 

State: HD 17: 

Tony Exum*

 

 

State: HD 18: 

Marc Snyder*

 

 

State: HD 19: 

No Candidate Yet- Contact me if you are interested in running

 

 

State: HD 20: 

Meg Fossinger *

Susan Crutchfield*

 

 

State: HD 21: 

Liz Rosenbaum*

 

 

 

ACCOMMODATIONS WILL BE MADE IF NECESSARY TO ENABLE ACCESS TO ALL DELEGATES

- PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU NEED THEM

 

If we have no candidate in your house, senate or commission district, there will be no ballot for us to provide but we will take nominations from the floor. 

 

 

Please be patient, this year will be different because of current circumstances. We are trying to keep everyone safe while able to participate.

 

 

COUNTY COMMISSIONER &

SENATE DISTRICT MEETINGS 

5:15-8:00

FRIDAY MARCH 27, 2020

 

 

State: Senate District 10

Randi McCallian*

 

State: Senate District 12 

No Candidate Yet- Contact me if you are interested in running

 

 

County Commissioner District 2

No Candidate Yet- Contact me if you are interested in running

 

 

County Commissioner District 3 

Ken Schauer*

 

 

County Commissioner District 4 

Andre Vigil

 

Senate District & CC District Webinars: Staff Online 515-800 Friday, March 27, 2020

 

Multi County District Attorney JD4: 

HELP WANTED!

WE NEED TO RECRUIT A DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FOR 

DISTRICT ATTORNEY (JUDICIAL DISTRICT 4)

 

Dear El Paso & Teller County Leaders:

It is our goal to recruit two PCPs in every precinct and to run a Democrat in every election. I am writing to ask your help in finding a great local candidate to run for District Attorney in Judicial District 4. 

Why We Need to Compete: Every seat or county that has eventually flipped from red to purple has done so by persistently running candidates with great messages over each cycle. The short-term benefits are that we will see better messaging and better turnout in 2020 (which will help us defeat Trump & Gardner in 2020!). The long-term benefit is that the electorate will eventually start electing Democrats and this seat can flip blue in the future.

What the DA’s do: The District Attorney manages the entire Das office in the District, sets priorities and policies around matter such as restorative justice, veterans courts, diversion programs, youth offenders, pursuit of the death penalty. DAs can either help get people into treatment and classes or be part of over-prosecuting, racial profiling and expanding the prison industrial complex. They have almost 100% discretion on how they want to handle their cases.

The District: The boundaries are: El Paso and Teller counties.

Who is the ideal candidate: A licensed attorney in good standing in the State of Colorado. Ideally, this is a candidate interested in reform of the criminal justice system. Criminal prosecution & / or criminal defense experience a plus. Management of budgets & offices, a plus.

 

 

Term: 4 Years

 

Pay: $215,000 / Year

Timeline: We need to nominate our candidate by the JD4 assembly.

Plan A: Find an attorney willing to run in the 4th Judicial District before the JD4 assembly.

Plan B: Find someone willing to put their name on the ballot at assembly until we can find someone willing to run.

 

No Candidate Yet- Contact me if you are interested in running

These are just candidates going through caucus and assembly

 

 

US SENATE CANDIDATES

Andrew Romanoff

Stephanie Rose Spaulding

Eric Underwood

Trish Zornio

 

 

PSA: John Hickenlooper has received sufficient signatures to get on the ballot & has therefore withdrawn from the assembly process. OUR county preference polls for US Senate will now include: Romanoff, Spaulding, Uncommitted, Underwood, Zornio. These candidates will ultimately need to receive 30% or higher at state assembly to get on the June 30 ballot.

 

US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVE CANDIDATES CD5

George English

Jillian Freeland

Ryan Lucas

Tim Stoen

 

Please be patient, this year will be different because of current circumstances. We are trying to keep everyone safe while able to participate.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION IN DEMOCRACY, 

 

RIGHT NOW MORE THAN EVER YOUR INVOLVEMENT IS NECESSARY,

PLEASE CONSIDER RUNNING FOR OFFICE FOR AN OPEN SEAT. YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THESE DISTRICT MEETINGS HELPS US ELECT DEMOCRATS AND PUTS THEM ON THE BALLOT, IT ALSO HELPS US FORM THE VACANCY COMMITTEES SHOULD WE HAVE TO FILL THEM. 

 

 

IN SOLIDARITY,

 

 

 

ELECTRA JOHNSON

 

CHAIR 

EL PASO COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY 

BELOW IS A REPEAT OF THE EMAIL I SENT OUT PREVIOUSLY

 

 

You all have likely been following along with the news of what's going on in the state legislature in reaction to coronavirus (COVID-19). The law and rules at the time of the COVID-19 outbreak did not allow dates to be changed or remote or electronic meetings or voting. Therefore, we pursued emergency legislation, emergency executive orders and emergency rules to allow us to make the necessary changes to protect public health and safety, while also ensuring that voters can still exercise their right to vote. That bill has passed through the legislature, both house and senate and if it has not been signed already will be signed shortly by the Governor. Our assembly and convention will be remote via webinar that is accessible by phone, computer and we are working towards soling any issues regarding access so that others who may not have this access can still participate. 

Our focus is on protecting public health and safety, while ensuring the wheels of democracy continue to move forward fairly. 

 

 

● This is an unprecedented experience in most of our lifetimes. We are all needing to make necessary adaptations to keep everyone safe, while also safeguarding our institutions of democracy. 

● The law and rules at the time of the COVID-19 outbreak did not allow dates to be changed or remote or electronic meetings or voting. 

● Therefore, the state party pursued emergency legislation, emergency executive orders and emergency rules to allow us to make the necessary changes to protect public health and safety, while also ensuring that voters can still exercise their right to vote. 

● This emergency process is informed by the following principles and goals:

○ Personal and Public Safety. We want to keep everyone healthy and safe. 

○ Every Vote Matters. Every person entitled to vote in the assembly and convention process should be able to do so without putting themselves, their loved ones, or others at risk. 

○ Fair Ballot Access for Candidates. Every candidate going through the assembly process can still be nominated and seconded. Meetings should accommodate a way to hear from candidates to determine who gets on the ballot. 

○ Maximize Turnout & Participation, Given the Circumstances. It is important that we do all we can to maximize options for people to safely turnout and participate, but to also ensure that the necessary work of democracy can proceed -- even under lower-than-usual turnout. 

○ Delegate Fairness. Coloradans elected to be delegates should still have a chance to run and be elected to a subsequent assembly or convention. 

○ Fair Representation. Delegates elected to a subsequent assembly should still reflect the proportion of support a candidate earned to the maximum extent possible. 

○ Democracy and Democratic Processes Must Be Protected. Despite the challenges, we must still allow democratic processes and elections to continue. Cancelling voting and elections would set an alarming precedent. 

 

 

Our team who has been working for the last 3 months to organize our assembly we find ourselves quickly adapting and changing course. Here to update delegates on where we are with the 2020 Assembly and Convention. Currently we are madly redoing schedules and figuring out details.

First, yes, we are still doing Assembly and Convention. We will be able to run most of it completely virtually. This will have to include some rule changes, but we are currently working on those as well.

 

For ease, it looks like we will be separating out House Districts, Senate and County Commisioner Districts, then we’ll hold our Assembly and Convention. 

 

 

TIMELINE

 

 

Thursday 26 of March House District Break Outs

from 5:30-8- Times per House districts to be announced

 

 

Friday the 27 of March Senate District Breakouts

from 5:30-8- Times per Senate and Commissioner districts to be announced

 

 

Saturday the 28th of March- Assembly and Convention

Time will go out with official call but all participants will participate remotely

 

Please consider running if there is an empty seat- we must fill all seats to organize across the county and effectively get the vote out as we did in 2018 when we elected a full slate at the state level. 

 

 

Our focus is on protecting public health and safety, while ensuring the wheels of democracy continue to move forward fairly. 

 

Thank you so much, 

 

Electra Johnson

Chair El Paso County Democratic Party

OFFICE LOCATION AND CONTACT
332 W. Bijou St., #101, Colorado Springs
719.473.8713 | epcdems@gmail.com
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