Whatever the election outcome, it’s party time
Democrats and Republicans both agree.There’s going to be a party tonight.Both groups are hosting celebrations in Glenwood Springs today. The Democrats gather at 6 p.m. in the game room at Glenwood Canyon Brewpub, while the Republicans meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Buffalo Valley.”It’s actually a lot of fun,” said Becky Rippy, who helped publicize the Republicans’ celebration. “We have a lot of candidates, their spouses and children, Central Committee members, precinct chairs, volunteers and the general public who attend.”Rippy said the celebrations are casual affairs that draw anywhere from 50 to 70 people each election year.”Everybody just shows up at whatever time, and we have TVs set up there that show local, state and national election returns,” she said. “It’s usually after people have voted, after they get off work, or after the polls close at 7.”Both Democrat and Republican events are open to the public, allowing the community to meet the movers and shakers of local politics.”Some folks in our party are issues-oriented and will be there waiting for results. Some are candidates, and some are just incredibly concerned citizens waiting to know results,” said Theresa Voda, public relations chair for the Democratic celebration. “We always meet new friends, meet fellow Democrats, fellow citizens.”The last election’s Democrat gathering at Sacred Grounds in Glenwood drew a diverse crowd, Voda said.”What a wonderful mix of people we have here,” Voda said. “Everybody seems to have their own reasons to be there – individual candidates, individual issues, voter turnout.”And what happens to the parties’ ambiance when a candidate doesn’t win? Rippy, who unsuccessfully ran for the Colorado State House of Representatives, District 61, in 2004, said that’s usually not an issue at these events.”The truth is, by the time you get to know if certain people have lost, the party’s usually over. You might see trends, but you’re not going to find out until later,” she said. “Not unless it’s a complete blowout. Then you’d probably already be at home crying.”No matter the results from the day, Rippy said to expect a fun party.”Everybody’s usually in a celebratory mood,” she said.Contact April Clark: 945-8515, ext. email@example.com
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