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Voters: Meet Your Candidates

Local residents visit with local and state candidates.
The League of Women Voters of Chaffee County, Colorado hosted the popular Candi-Dating event on Sunday, October 7, 2018 from 3:30 to 5:30 PM at the McGinnis Middle School Gym in Buena Vista.

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Candi-dating RETURNS!

League to Host

Buena Vista Town Government Candidates

2018 Candi-dating in BV

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 – 6:00 to 8:30

at the McGinis Middle School Gym,
South Railroad St., Buena Vista, CO 81211

It’s a Political Party!

Candidate speed-dating – each candidate has the opportunity to make 2-minute opening remarks followed by table rotation to small groups of voters.

Come visit with the 11 trustee candidates and 2 mayoral candidates in small group settings.

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Date of public event: October 11, 2017 – 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.
League to Host Salida City Government Candidates
at the Salida Community Center, 305 F Street, Salida, CO 81201
The League of Women Voters of Chaffee County (LWVCC) has announced the League will host a public event for Salida City Government Candidates – Mayor and City Council. Candidates participating are
  • Ward 1 candidates Monica Griesenbeck and Dan Shore,
  • Ward 2 candidates Justin Critelli and Richard Leavitt, and
  • Ward 3 candidates incumbent Melodee Hallett and challenger Harald Kaspar.
  • Mayoral Candidate incumbent Jim Livecchi is scheduled to attend, but his challenger, PT Wood is unable to attend due to a prior out-of-town commitment. A proxy for Mr. Wood will make introductory remarks in his stead.

Ballots will be distributed during the week of October 16.

It’s a Political Party!  Traditionally, the LWVCC has conducted forums using a model in which audience members have their questions asked of candidates through a moderator.  Because of the number of candidates, we feel that the answers to questions would become redundant, and due to time constraints, a limited number of questions could be answered.  We propose use a different forum model, one called by one local league “Candi-Dating.” Check out this link ( to read about it.  After each candidate has the opportunity to make 2-minute opening remarks, the process will essentially follow a speed-dating model.  This is the same model successfully used last year for Chaffee County Commissioners and HD 60 candidates in Salida and Buena Vista.

The LWVCC’s mission for the past 15 years has been to provide opportunities for local citizens to hear candidates running for office and learn about ballot issues.”  The LWVCC does not support or oppose candidates or political parties. It is a local community organization open to all persons 18 years of age and older. For information, visit

Candi-Dating Volunteers Needed
Dear LWVCC Member,
Some of you helped with last year’s successful Chaffee County Commissioner/HD 60 Candi-Dating event and know how exciting the evening can be.  To date, we have seven of eight candidates committed to attending the event, hence we need seven volunteer table moderators.  Volunteers will also function as greeters, assigning attendees to numbered tables.  Candidates will move from table to table at ten minute intervals so we also need a time keeper.  Help setting up and taking down will also be appreciated.  Please contact me by email or cell phone below if you are available and willing to help.


Scott Hartman
LWVCC Voter Service Coordinator
[email protected]
719-221-4580Neither Candi-Dating nor our more traditional Candidate Forums would be possible without the help of volunteers like you.  Nearly 130 Chaffee County voters (75 in BV; 52 in Salida) had the opportunity to get to know the candidates and where they stand on local issues over the two evenings’ events.  I think that Candi-Dating gives us a dynamic new tool to educate voters and make candidates accessible to Chaffee County voters.Buena Vista: There are no contested races for the BV School Board.  Scott attended an informational meeting about 3-A, the school bond issue.  After speaking with Earl Richmond and Lisa Yates, we felt that the weekly informational meetings conducted by the school district was adequate for getting out the positive vote.  Both noted that much of the opposition to last year’s 3-A had dissolved and some had even indicated that this year’s 3-A was really what they wanted all the time.