Chairman’s Update

We’ve had 100 people sign up to learn more about becoming a volunteer activist. Our first New Volunteer Orientation is on the evening of May 21. Please let us know if you have anyone you would like us to include in the invitation to that training event.

President Trump will be in town for the Air Force Academy graduation and there has been some interest expressed in standing along the road in support of the President. 

We are continuing to have some regular open office hours on a few different days a week.  Anyone who wants a petition can contact Kathleen at [email protected], as well as anyone who wants to help with office hours to collect signatures.

We are supporting our House District chairs as they continue their efforts to fill precinct vacancies.

We are working diligently to schedule our 2019 Lincoln Day Dinner for an early fall time frame.

We are hosting an event for our legislators this week which is being organized by Sandi Foote and friends — the Events page for more information.

Please don’t hesitate to reply or reach out to get together if you have any questions or concerns.

Go team EPC GOP!

What is good leadership?

As members of the El Paso County Central Committee, we are all leaders. From precinct leaders, to division leaders, to House, Senate and County Commissioner district officers and to County GOP elected officials, state legislators and EPC GOP officers – we are all leaders and now, more than ever, is the time to lead.

We are on the edge of losing our very way of life in Colorado. We are all aware of the radical policies of the left that have a stranglehold on the General Assembly, which is pumping out destructive legislation every day.

In this critical time, as leaders, let’s ask ourselves what good leadership looks like, and then, let’s step into it – together.

My sole purpose as Chairman is to serve our Team so that TOGETHER we succeed.

What does success look like? To succeed in 2020 we must turn out more voters than ever before.

To do that, we must build our team and welcome more people to our ranks. To do that, we must fill our precinct vacancies and recruit a team of 100’s of volunteer activists. I’m happy to report that we are hosting a Take Back Colorado Team training for activists on May 21 and inviting the nearly 100 new people who’ve signed up to help.

At HQ, our goal is to serve the Central Committee leaders so that everyone has everything they need to get this job done.

And to resource these efforts, I’ve reached out to dozens of donors and raised tens of thousands of dollars because there is growing confidence in our commitment to honor donor intent and to limit spending to mission-driven activities.

What is a good leader? One who serves. Let’s continue to work together to strengthen our team and to be leaders who serve. Together, we CAN Take Back Colorado.

Re: Don’t Give Our Votes for President to California and New York

Petition Drive to overturn NPV ̶C̶o̶m̶p̶a̶c̶t̶ Scheme

UPCOMING PETITION SIGNINGS AT HQ:
Wed, May 1 – 12 pm to 6 pm
Mon, May 6 – 11 am to 5 pm


County Commissioners align against Colorado joining National Popular Vote scheme

Grand Junction, CO – Today, Commissioners Rose Pugliese and Mark Waller released a letter signed by 50 current and former county commissioners from across Colorado calling on Governor Polis and other statewide political leaders to reject SB 42 and the national popular vote scheme. Senate Bill 42 would commit Colorado to a national popular vote agreement that gives Colorado’s votes for President to states with more people like California, New York, and Illinois. (more…)

Better Together: The Vision To Accomplish Our Mission

As the El Paso County Republican Party, we have a Mission. Our Mission – and if you are on our team you have already accepted it – is to elect Republican candidates to office. But that’s not all. We do that with a clearly defined purpose in mind: to be true to the fundamental principles of the Republican party. These principles are rooted in our Founding documents, and expressed in our national Party platform, and they are summarized here:

  • We affirm along with the Declaration of Independence that all are created equal, endowed by their Creator with inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness
  • We believe in the Constitution as our is an enduring covenant
  • We believe our constitutional system of limited government, separation of powers, federalism, and the rights of the people must be preserved
  • We believe political freedom and economic freedom are indivisible
  • We believe that people are the ultimate resource — that the people, not the government, are the best stewards of our country’s God-given natural resources.

These enduring principles have been hailed uniquely by the Republican Party. This Party – when living up to its purpose and principles – is the Guardian of Liberty. We seek to elect candidates who have these firmly Republican principles woven into their purpose for seeking office.

Yes, each candidate develops specific messaging that fits the issues relevant to the times and to their intended office, yet the fundamental principles of the Republican Party are to inform that messaging.

The Republican brand is our brand. We may not always represent it well, but it is the best brand in politics. And as members of the El Paso County Republican Party we are ambassadors of that brand.

Let’s recommit to our Mission – it is the reason our Party structure exists. And through a number of State mandated, bylaws-required and mission-driven activities we will continue to work to fulfill it.

Let’s breathe greater life into our efforts through a strong Vision to build up our team help and coordinate for even greater success. We will strengthen this organization and achieve more together than we ever could on our own. We will each fulfill our jobs, so that together we will have a job well done. We will build a Culture of Respect and collaboration that creates an invitational environment that people will be drawn to.

We will use Best Practices that are efficient and effective and operate from a Customer Success mindset, and that honor donor intent. Through these efforts, we will be poised to experience an increase in participation that will lead to superior results in voter turn-out.

Here’s the Vision to accomplish our Mission…

 

Do our jobs well, resulting in a job well done

  • Reaffirm what we signed up to do for the Party
  • Review and recommit to our Duties and Responsibilities, with our Bylaws as the guide
  • Become even more equipped for greater success
  • Work together as a team as we each fulfill our purpose

 

Efficiency and Accountability

  • Incorporate Best Practices that are honored by today’s successful nonprofits
  • Streamline our processes for greater efficiency to get more done in a shorter time frame
  • Inculcate a Customer Success mindset at every level, so that we are not just reacting to what people need, but anticipating needs in serving them
  • Honor donor intent by focusing on mission-driven events and activities

 

Culture of Respect

  • As brand ambassadors, build a solid and respected reputation as Republicans in the community
  • Demonstrate decorum and dignity in all of our interactions, including with those with whom we disagree
  • Offer due process in our interactions by believing the best and giving others the benefit of the doubt, while asking questions to seek understanding
  • Recognize that a Culture of Respect creates an invitational environment that will draw new people to our team
  • Do everything with integrity, including honoring non-disclosure agreements and using our roles in the Party to conduct the official business of the Party

 

Positive Collaboration

  • Stamp out complaining and commit to solving problems instead
  • Encourage regular positive interaction and sharing of ideas among members throughout the organization
  • Understand and honor one another’s roles while seeking and considering input from all members and volunteers in order to make improvements
  • Identify, welcome, recruit and train more volunteers and activists to strengthen our Party and improve our effectiveness

We have so many great people involved in the Party in El Paso County. Let’s keep that going, draw in new people in, stick to our Principles, build our culture and win back the respect of the community.

We’ve got a big job to do, but everything we do is better together.

Kyle Forti: Servants Heart

We are all deeply grieving the untimely passing of a great man and political consultant in our community, Kyle Forti, who was killed in a helicopter crash in Kenya on Sunday. Many were touched by Kyle, as you can see from the outpourings of emotion online and in the Capitol:

A 2012 graduate of Hillsdale College with a degree in politics and Christian studies, Forti was named in 2014 to Red Alert Politics’ “30 Under 30” list of conservative rising stars.

Stunned expressions of grief and tributes to Forti poured in Monday from friends and colleagues.

“I’ve struggled to put into words the goodness that was Kyle Forti and the bright light in this world that is his wife Hope Forti and their son Maximus,” wrote Democratic lobbyist Benjamin Waters in a Facebook post.

He added: “My heart is completely broken for the entire Colorado political and child welfare community that knew him.”

“Colorado needed him,” wrote Jeff Hunt, president of Colorado Christian University’s Centennial Institute and the former owner of a public relations firm that merged with D/CO, in a series of tweets. 

“Our world needed him. He was a force for good in our culture. He was a bright light of compassion, peace, strength, kindness and love.”

“You’ll see an outpouring of support from people of all political stripes,” Hunt continued. “He was loved by everyone.”

The Colorado Senate and House of Representatives both observed moments of silence Monday morning in Forti’s memory.

Addressing the Senate, state Sen. Paul Lundeen, R-Monument, said: “Kyle Forti is an explorer. He’s a man who explored the bounds of faith, he explored the bounds of family, and he’s explored the bounds of freedom.”

“Today I would ask you to extend your thoughts, if you are a person of faith your prayers, and your consideration to Kyle’s lovely wife, Hope, and his son, Max.

In the House, state Rep. Jonathan Singer, D-Longmont, acknowledged he worked across the aisle from Forti but admired the “grace” Forti brought to his work, especially his advocacy for foster children and the parents who care for them.

“When I think about people I’m jealous of,” Singer said, “it’s the people with generosity of spirit.”

If you would like to donate to the fund for Kyle’s wife and son, Hope, and Max,  click or visit:

https://www.gofundme.com/forti-family

Colorado GOP Candidate Forum

You are cordially invited to join Chairman Tamra Farah and the El Paso County Republican Party for the official Colorado GOP Candidate Forum on Sunday, March 10th, 2019 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm. The event is FREE. 

Central Committee Election Results

Greetings Republicans:

Thank you ALL for making today’s Organizational Meeting extremely successful and punctual.

Here are the results from today’s elections:

El Paso County Republican Party Leadership

  • Chairman – Tamra Farah
  • Vice-Chairman – Mary Bradfield
  • Secretary – Vickie Tonkins

Bonus Members By Rank

Female

  • Cassandra Sebastian (152 Votes)
  • Carrie Geitner (147 Votes)
  • Wendy Miller (134 Votes)
  • Juliann McPadden (131 Votes)
  • Sandra Bankes (131 Votes)
  • Kay Rendlemen (129 votes)
  • Becky Fuller (127 Votes)
  • Kit Roupe (124 Votes)
  • Holly Williams (116 Votes)
  • Cami Bremer (110 Votes)
  • Helen Collins (104 Votes)
  • Mary Elizabeth Fabian (102 Votes)
  • Brenda Conrad (101 Votes)
  • Missy Ward (101 Votes)
  • Jody Richie (97 Votes)
  • Sheryl Glasgow (92 Votes)

Male

  • Joshua Hosler (166 Votes)
  • Tom LaValley (127 Votes)
  • Russell McPadden (125 Votes)
  • Jerry Grotkier (120 Votes)
  • Welling Clark (119 Votes)
  • Andy Colon (113 Votes)
  • Stephen VanDyke (105 Votes)
  • Charlie Ehler (102 Votes)
  • Rob Blancken (101 Votes)
  • Dylan Sparks (98 Votes)
  • Eli Bremer (96 Votes)
  • John Heimsoth (96 Votes)
  • Gordon Klingenschmitt (94 Votes)
  • Matthew Moeller (94 Votes)
  • Henry Hess (94 Votes)
  • Ted Mische (94 Votes)

Congratulations to all of those who were elected. As you all know, the work begins now.

If you have any questions about the meeting or election results, please call our office (719) 578-0022.

Thank you for all that you do for freedom.

In Liberty, 

Cassandra Sebastian
Executive Director
El Paso County Republican Party 

Colorado Leaders AGAINST HB 19-1046

Dear Republicans:

We the undersigned, current and past County Republican leadership, from every corner of Colorado stand united against HB 19-1046. This bill is gross government overreach, goes against our tenets of small limited government. Below find the names and positions of the aforementioned leaders that are opposing this bill. This issue will be addressed in a new bylaw March 30that the Colorado State Central Committee meeting where it belongs. We strongly urge lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to strongly oppose this legislation.

Signed,

Alamosa County – Current Chair Sandra Wagner
Chaffee County – Current Chair David Williams  
Cheyenne County – Current Chair Gregory Martin             
Custer County – Current Chair Sheron Berry      
Delta County – Current Chair Roger Bentley    
Denver County – Current Chair Jake Viano                      
Eagle County – Current Chair Kaye Ferry          
El Paso County – Current Chair Joshua Hosler     
Elbert County – Current Chair Tom Peterson    
Fremont County – Current Chair Gregory Carlson 
Garfield County – Current Chair Carrie Couey      
Gilpin County – Current Chair Anne Fattor                    
Gunnison County – Current Chair Jane Chaney       
Hinsdale County – Current Chair Dan Wampler     
Huerfano County – Current Chair Debi Sporleder   
Jackson County – Current Chair Wendy Larsen    
Jefferson County – Current Chair Dennise Mund    
La Plata County – Current Chair Jim Harper         
Larimer County – Current Chair Bob Morain                   
Lincoln County – Current Chair Janell Reid                     
Mesa County –  Current Chair Laureen Gutierrez           
Moffat County – Current Chair Corrie Ponikvar  
Montrose County – Current Chair Spencer Hamner
Otero County – Current Chair Devin Camacho  
Park County – Current Chair Amy Mitchell     
Pitkin County – Current Chair Bob Jenkins        
Pueblo County – Current Chair Marla Reichert   
Routt County – Current Chair Geneva Taylor    
Saguache County – Current Chair Richard Drake    
Teller County –  Current Chair Erik Stone          
El Paso County – Former Chair Eli Bremer       
Jefferson County – Former Chair Joe Webb
Prowers County – Current Chair Janet Marriott
Montezuma County – Current Chair Danny Wilkin

God Bless and Semper Fi,

Joshua Hosler
Chairman
El Paso County Republican Party