January keynote speaker Matt Crane flanked by Arapahoe County Commissioner Kathleen Conti and CCRW president Joy Hoffman
Cherry Creek Republican Women (CCRW) heard from Matt Crane at one of its early 2019 meetings. The former Arapahoe County clerk and Recorder was described in his introduction as accomplished, accessible, the go-to guy, trusted, respected, respectful and innovative and was held in high esteem by both Republicans and Democrats. He is recognized as one of Colorado’s preeminent election experts. Under his leadership, Arapahoe County piloted Colorado’s new risk limiting audit for election results and adopted Colorado’s new uniform voting system in 2016 that features more efficient and audible voting equipment.
Arapahoe County Commissioner Nancy Sharpe and Arapahoe County Treasurer Sue Sandstrom
His presentation was what he called a snapshot of the 2018 election. Arapahoe County voter registration statistics closely parallel those of Colorado. Of the 25 races in Arapahoe County, Republicans won seven. Three out of the seven were in rural Arapahoe County. The only two Republicans who won in contested races were Rep. Susan Beckman and County Commissioner Nancy Sharpe. “There is no such thing as a safe seat,” he said. More Democrats are moving to Colorado. Republicans are on the defensive. Many Republicans left the party to register as independents. Democrats and independents were more motivated to vote. 81.4 percent Republicans voted in 2014 and turned out less in 2018. Republicans need over 80 percent turnout and over 90 percent in presidential election years. Elections come down to basic math. Ballot content affects turn out. Model voting does not drive turn out. Less than 6 percent turned out in person and 84 percent of voters took ballots to 24-hour drop boxes. Losing elections has serious consequences and the National Popular Vote Compact against the Electoral College would make an impact. “2020 is big on our minds and there are important elections before that – municipal and school boards,” Crane concluded before the Q and A session.
CCRW VP membership Andi Allott with new Arapahoe County Republican chair Dorothy Gotlieb
Barbara Piper, representing Sen. Cory Gardner presented a report about and from the Senator. “It is time to leave partisan corners and work together on behalf of the American people to move our country forward,” he said. [Gardner] has fought for the Land and Water Conservation Fund for years. As a result, last week, the Senate began the process that will finally provide the opportunity for an up-or-down vote on permanently reauthorizing these conservation programs. Gardner was honored to receive the Champion of Science Award for his work to bolster science and research funding and support public research universities. He also sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi urging her to extend an invitation to the president of Taiwan, to address a joint session of Congress stating this would send a powerful message that the U.S. and the American people will always stand with the oppressed and never the oppressor.
Katlynn Crine, Kerrianne Savery, January keynote speaker district attorney George Brauchler and Carol WallerPhoto courtesy of Andi Allott, CCRW)
New Arapahoe County GOP chair Dorothy Gotlieb was on hand to let the audience know the local party was in a rebuilding year.
In January, district attorney George Brauchler was keynote speaker. He was elected in 2012 as DA for the 18th Judicial District of Colorado that includes Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln Counties.
Centennial Mayor Stephanie Piko and Arapahoe County Commissioner Kathleen Conti at the January meeting. Photo courtesy of Andi Allott, CCRW)
New CCRW member Garry Kirkland and Barbara Piper representing Sen. Cory Gardner.
2018 All Rights Reserved. Villager Publishing |