County politics in motion


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For all those political junkies out there, take note of some upcoming events.

First, Democrats will caucus tonight, and the Clerk and Recorder's Office provides this reminder:

The Colorado Democratic Party will conduct caucuses tonight, March 6. In order to assist voters who wish to attend their party caucus, the El Paso County Clerk & Recorder’s Office Election Department will be open until 8 p.m.

Voters can check their registration at to verify they are a registered Democrat. Voters also can contact the Election Department by phone at 719-575-VOTE (8683). Only registered Democratic voters can participate in tonight’s caucus. Colorado Statutes require that participants for the caucus must be affiliated 60 days prior to the caucus. This deadline has passed.

A link to the El Paso County Democratic Party’s website and caucus locator is on the Clerk & Recorder’s website here. Because the caucuses are conducted by the major political parties the Clerk’s office cannot provide information on the caucus locations.

Those interested in gun rights might want to put the Pikes Peak Firearms Coalition's Political Action Committee forum on their calendars. The forum, to be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at VFW Post 4051, 430 E. Pikes Peak Ave., will feature all announced Republican candidates for county commissioner.

The PAC will announce endorsements following the forum. Formed in 1992, the coalition aims to defend the right to keep and bear arms and to support those candidates and elected officials who support this right.

On Saturday, you can meet Karen Magistrelli, who's trying to unseat Commissioner Sallie Clark in District 3, for cookies and coffee from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday at GOP Headquarters, 205 Sutton Lane. Sutton is off Sinton just south of Garden of the Gods Road.

Challenger Magistrelli
  • Challenger Magistrelli

In a news release, Magistrelli outlines her platform:

It is time for a NEW commissioner who...
· will work to reduce the size of government
· will fight regulations that inhibit business and job growth
· will support opening financial records to public scrutiny
· will seek to represent each and every voter ethically and honestly
· will never support ballot language that is misleading
· will maintain a transparent county office
· will fight to restore TABOR (Taxpayer Bill of Rights) by requiring that new capital expenses are put in front of the voters before the money is spent

Magistrelli also touts a recent endorsement from former State Sen. Dave Schultheis, who's quoted in her release as saying, "I am convinced that Karen is a true conservative who will be true to conservative principles when assessing any issue that will come before the county’s Board of Commissioners. She understands that conservative principles are the best for citizens over the long run. Her desire for transparency on all Board matters, as well as her commitment to uphold the intent of the Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) will be a refreshing addition to the Board.”


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