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Rural Issues Workshop
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Steve Child    Pitkin County Commissioner and widely recognised expert on Colorado water issues, Steve Child will be our presenter on critical water issues facing rural colorado at our issues workshop on October 24th.  The event will be held in Silt, Colorado

Steve has been a Pitkin County resident since 1961, and is a graduate of Basalt High School and Stanford University with a degree in biology. He is serving his first term as County Commissioner.

Steve has been a cattle rancher on Capitol Creek, a part time driver for Snowmass Village Shuttle, and a retired
school teacher and school bus driver from the Roaring Fork School District. He is a former board member and officer of the Snowmass/Capitol Creeks Caucus, the Pitkin County Weed Advisory Board and Agricultural Buildings Review Committee, the Wilderness Workshop.

Sustainable Agriculture
Tom Rumery Tom Rumery,
is the founder and grower at Osage Gardens near New Castle, Colorado.  He will be our featured presenter on sustainable agriculture.
Osage Gardens specializes in organically grown culinary herbs and vegetables. As a certified organic farm, they are dedicated to environmentally friendly sustainable agriculture, and they work to  maintain the agricultural heritage for Colorado and the country by growing the healthiest most flavorful produce in Colorado, while being kind to the earth, our employees and our customers.


State Senator Kerry Donovan

Sentor Kerry Donovan Our special legislative guest will be Colorado State Senator Kerry Donovan from senate district 5.    Senate District 5 includes seven counties on the Western Slope and the Arkansas Valley: Chaffee, Delta, Eagle, Gunnison, Hinson, Lake and Pitkin.  This area makes Senator Donovan a representative a clearly rural part of Colorado and one of the only Democrats to speak on behalf of such a rural constituancy.   

Kerry runs her family ranch just up the road from Edwards. The Donovans have owned Copper Bar Ranch since the early 80’s, although the land’s history extends back to the Homestead Act.  In the State Senate, she is working on improving education for our kids and growing our economy while protecting our land and resources.

Rural Issues Workshop



    Please join us for our second

    Colorado Rural Issues Workshop

    October 24, 2014

    Silt Community Center

    480 Grand Ave, Silt, CO 81652

(Click HERE for a map)
    • Organize to take action on critical issues facing rural Coloradans

    • Activate rural regional county party groupings to share resources and support

    • Focus on water issues, sustainable agriculture and rural democratic party renewal

    • Create a legislative agenda for making changes to benefit rural Colorado


    9:00– 9:30 AM – Registration  

    9:30 – 10:00 AM – Welcome and Introductions

    10:00 – 10:30 AM – Rural Initiative Official Business

    10:30 – 11:30 AM –  Water – Conservation – Management – Quality

    11:30 – 12:15 PM – Lunch

    12:15 – 1:15 PM – Sustainable Agriculture

    1:15 – 2:15 PM – Guest Legislator - Sen. Kerry Donovan

    2:15 – 2:45 PM – Feedback and wrap-up

    3:00 PM – ’till as late as you like – Adjourn to “The Miner’s Claim” – social time

    Lunch and refreshments will be provided  –   Event fee:  $15

Click HERE to RSVP

Delta County Dems

 Our First

Rural Initiative Chapter

News – Delta County Dems Forming Rural Initiative Chapter

Under the leadership of County Chair Jean Tucker, Delta County Democrats are forming the first local county chapter of the Colorado Democrats Rural Initiative.
Jean Tucker organized a meeting of about 12 Delta Dems on September 18th to discuss the formation of the local chapter.  Dick Barkey, the state chair of the Rural Initiative also meet with the group to discuss the goals and objectives of the initiative.

paonia-sign    Photo – Paonia Chamber of Commerce

On Saturday, September 19, the Delta County Democrats held their annual barbecue which featured a panel that covered a wide range of rural concerns including the Dems Rural Initiative.  The September 19th event was held in a popular Paonia winery and was attended by about 70 people.

Panel at Paonia Photo by Tamie Meck 

Delta County Independent

A particularly impressive panel member was Delta County High School senior Cidney Fisk who is shown in this photo being applauded for her talk on youth and politics.

To read the full news article from the Delta Independent, click HERE.

Learn more about the Colorado Democrats Rural Initiative at

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