Today, Colorado Democrats hosted held 2018 Democratic State Assembly at the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield. The assembled delegates heard from Democratic leaders like Governor John Hickenlooper, Senator Michael Bennet, House Speaker Cristana Duran, Senate Democratic Leader Leroy Garcia, and Colorado Democratic Party Chair Morgan Carroll, as well as student organizers of the March For Our Lives movement.
Delegates also heard from statewide candidates up and down the ticket, and cast their votes after all of the statewide candidate speeches concluded.
Here are the results:
Lesley Smith: 3,229 votes (100.00%)
Based on these results, Lesley Smith has qualified for the Democratic primary ballot for CU Regent-at-Large.
Bernard Douthit: 1,074 votes, (31.50%)
Charles Scheibe: 557 votes, (16.34%)
Dave Young: 1,778 votes (52.16%)
Based on these results, Bernard Douthit and Dave Young have qualified for the Democratic primary ballot for Treasurer.
Secretary of State
Jena Griswold: 3,352 votes (98.44%)
Phillip Villard: 53 votes (1.56%)
Based on these results, Jena Griswold has qualified for the Democratic primary ballot for Secretary of State.
Amy Padden: 360 votes (10.54%)
Joe Salazar: 1,249 votes (36.58%)
Phil Weiser: 1,805 votes (52.87%)
Based on these results, Joe Salazar and Phil Weiser have qualified for the Democratic primary ballot for Attorney General. Amy Padden can quality for the ballot if the Secretary of State determines that she has collected the requisite number of valid signatures.
Cary Kennedy: 2,101 votes (61.65%)
Jared Polis: 1,120 votes (32.86%)
Erik Underwood: 187 votes (5.49%)
Based on these results, Cary Kennedy and Jared Polis have qualified for the Democratic primary ballot for Governor.
NOTE: These are not all of the candidates that are running for these particular offices. Some candidates have chosen to qualify for the ballot by submitting petition signatures instead of going through the caucus-assembly process.
Don Charobee, former Resident Agent in Charge (retired) of the US Department of Homeland Security Investigations, has announced his candidacy for Elbert County Sheriff. The son of a coal miner (turned machinist) and a registered nurse, Don was raised in Ohio and first arrived in Colorado in 1987, eventually becoming a resident of Elbert County in 2007.
During his 35 years as a federal law enforcement officer, Don’s duties covered a wide array of critical and specialized positions including:
-Customs Inspector guarding borders at Ports of Detroit and Cleveland
-Special Agent of the US Customs Service in Cleveland focusing on acts of smuggling, technology transfers to hostile powers and white collar crimes
-Senior Special Agent in Denver managing the investigation of white collar crime, money laundering, and importation of substandard materials used in military weapons
-Supervisory Special Agent in Atlanta managing financial and fraud investigations
-Resident Agent in Charge, Hartsfield Airport in Atlanta, supervising state, local and federal law enforcement officers; budgetary oversight, fleet/asset management, investigation of narcotic controlled deliveries, and asset seizures
-Transferred to US Department of Homeland Security at the time of its formation with all other Customs Service assets
-Transferred to Headquarters positions in Washington, D. C., including Program Manager with the Special Operations Division, oversight responsibilities with DEA and foreign law enforcement personnel.
-Acting Division Director over Investigative Support at headquarters
-Field Office Oversight for DHS Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) - liaison to the Inspector General investigating internal crimes and official misconduct
-Resident Agent in Charge OPR in Denver - to establish an office for internal investigations over 6 states. Duties included personnel and office development, assets, and vehicles for all law enforcement officers and support personnel in the area.
All of the above transfers were the result of promotions Don Charobee earned throughout his career with the Customs Service and the Department of Homeland Security.
Upon retirement, Charobee earned the Anti-Money Laundering Certification and currently works for Promontory Risk Review where he conducts complex financial investigations and supervises teams of capable investigators and analysts.
“Extensive management and administrative experience, with oversight of people and assets of one of America’s largest law enforcement agencies, coupled with successful financial investigations as a federal law enforcement officer, have prepared Charobee well to become the Sheriff and chief law enforcement officer in Elbert County,” according to Jim Duvall, chairperson of the Elbert County Democratic Party.