Start of new GOP leadership team in El Paso County

Start of new GOP leadership team in El Paso County

Dear Central Committee,

I want to send you a heartfelt THANK YOU for your support as your new Chair of the El Paso County GOP.

With deep gratitude, I invite you to work alongside me to make our county an even stronger fighter for our party. In coming weeks, I will be contacting all of you with concrete plans on how, together, we will win important races in our county and lend our power to our state. Let’s win again—together!

The excitement in our office is palpable. Vice Chair Wendy Miller, a self-described tiger-mom Christian with decades of business experience, has been working countless hours in getting our party on track for victory in 2020.

I have appointed Elizabeth Riggs as our new Secretary for our team. Many of you have met Elizabeth, who has been my right hand after the resignation of the previous administration. Elizabeth’s skillset has been invaluable to me over the past several months in keeping the office functioning, planning for our October Central Committee Meeting, and now continuing with Caucus preparations, which, by the way, are going phenomenally.

Wendy, Elizabeth and I are here to serve.

I look forward to working with each of you. Join us in the fight to re-elect Senator Cory Gardner and President Donald Trump in 2020!

Vickie Tonkins
Chairman, El Paso County Republicans

President Trump Campaign Kickoff – El Paso County Prepares 2020 Campaign

On the evening of June 18, a room of 120 El Paso County residents and elected officials cheered as President Donald Trump kicked off his reelection campaign for President of the United States. With the soul of Colorado at stake, the 2020 campaign for President, U.S. Senate, and a myriad of state and local races will be the most imperative election in decades for Coloradans and those who call El Paso County home.

El Paso County GOP Chairman, Tamra Farah states, “As it has been historically, El Paso County is the key to counteract Denver and Boulder counties who say they speak for the other 62. Everyday Coloradans see the world around them and know that their quality of life is higher than it was before President Trump took office.”

The El Paso County Republican Party has already enacted a data-driven and technology-based turnout model to increase already historically high voter participation. Republicans, unaffiliated voters, and Democrats alike can be sure that the El Paso County Republican Party will continue to cut through the partisan demagoguery surrounding our current political system and show people how President Trump, Sen. Cory Gardner, and other Republican leaders have led us to the strongest economic, globally secure, and self-reliant position in the history of the United States.

To those who can see past the talking heads on cable news, these truths are self-evident. The 120 people packed into a small room to celebrate our nation last night is the beginning of what will be our finest hour, not as Republicans, but as Americans.

Trump Sign Wave

Trump Sign Wave

President Trump will deliver the Air Force Academy’s graduation speech on Thursday, May 30th in Colorado Springs. The El Paso County Republican Party is proud to show our support for the President on that day with roadside sign-waving. For additional information regarding final locations, logistics, and signs, please RSVP using the link below.

We will not be supporting any negative signage in our efforts. Please note that it is unlikely that there will be a Rally during the President’s trip to Colorado Springs.

We hope you can join us on May 30th!


Please note the following important information:

  • Due to the potential shutting down of I-25 for security, please arrive in the area by 8:00 am near the meeting location below

  • Meet on the grass just west of the Academy Hotel, located at N. Academy Blvd. and Kelly Johnson Boulevard

  • A security detail, including medical assistance, will be participating with EPC GOP for this event

  • Signs, mini flags and water bottles will be distributed

  • The area Trump Sign-Waving will occur is along the highway exit. Please note that it is not recommended that small children attend. Though participants will be behind a guard rail, the area is close to the highway and extreme caution should be exercised due to the danger that presents.

EPC GOP Chairman, Tamra Farah is the official media spokesperson for this event. However, citizen participants may be approached by the media with questions. Please use your own discretion in speaking to the media, or declining to do so.

All El Paso County GOP efforts will be positive and pro-Trump in nature. Protesters may be present.


Chairman’s Update

Chairman’s Update

We’ve had 100 people sign up to learn more about becoming a volunteer activist. Our first New Volunteer Orientation is on the evening of May 21. Please let us know if you have anyone you would like us to include in the invitation to that training event.

President Trump will be in town for the Air Force Academy graduation and there has been some interest expressed in standing along the road in support of the President. 

We are continuing to have some regular open office hours on a few different days a week.  Anyone who wants a petition can contact Kathleen at, as well as anyone who wants to help with office hours to collect signatures.

We are supporting our House District chairs as they continue their efforts to fill precinct vacancies.

We are working diligently to schedule our 2019 Lincoln Day Dinner for an early fall time frame.

We are hosting an event for our legislators this week which is being organized by Sandi Foote and friends — the Events page for more information.

Please don’t hesitate to reply or reach out to get together if you have any questions or concerns.

Go team EPC GOP!

Join us at HQ with our State Legislators!

Join us at HQ with our State Legislators!

Hosted by a bunch of freedom loving party activists!

Join us as we welcome our Colorado State Representatives and Senators back to their home “herd” in El Paso County after a particularly tough legislative session.

Re: Don’t Give Our Votes for President to California and New York

Petition Drive to overturn NPV ̶C̶o̶m̶p̶a̶c̶t̶ Scheme

Wed, May 1 – 12 pm to 6 pm
Mon, May 6 – 11 am to 5 pm

County Commissioners align against Colorado joining National Popular Vote scheme

Grand Junction, CO – Today, Commissioners Rose Pugliese and Mark Waller released a letter signed by 50 current and former county commissioners from across Colorado calling on Governor Polis and other statewide political leaders to reject SB 42 and the national popular vote scheme. Senate Bill 42 would commit Colorado to a national popular vote agreement that gives Colorado’s votes for President to states with more people like California, New York, and Illinois. (more…)

Kyle Forti: Servants Heart

We are all deeply grieving the untimely passing of a great man and political consultant in our community, Kyle Forti, who was killed in a helicopter crash in Kenya on Sunday. Many were touched by Kyle, as you can see from the outpourings of emotion online and in the Capitol:

A 2012 graduate of Hillsdale College with a degree in politics and Christian studies, Forti was named in 2014 to Red Alert Politics’ “30 Under 30” list of conservative rising stars.

Stunned expressions of grief and tributes to Forti poured in Monday from friends and colleagues.

“I’ve struggled to put into words the goodness that was Kyle Forti and the bright light in this world that is his wife Hope Forti and their son Maximus,” wrote Democratic lobbyist Benjamin Waters in a Facebook post.

He added: “My heart is completely broken for the entire Colorado political and child welfare community that knew him.”

“Colorado needed him,” wrote Jeff Hunt, president of Colorado Christian University’s Centennial Institute and the former owner of a public relations firm that merged with D/CO, in a series of tweets. 

“Our world needed him. He was a force for good in our culture. He was a bright light of compassion, peace, strength, kindness and love.”

“You’ll see an outpouring of support from people of all political stripes,” Hunt continued. “He was loved by everyone.”

The Colorado Senate and House of Representatives both observed moments of silence Monday morning in Forti’s memory.

Addressing the Senate, state Sen. Paul Lundeen, R-Monument, said: “Kyle Forti is an explorer. He’s a man who explored the bounds of faith, he explored the bounds of family, and he’s explored the bounds of freedom.”

“Today I would ask you to extend your thoughts, if you are a person of faith your prayers, and your consideration to Kyle’s lovely wife, Hope, and his son, Max.

In the House, state Rep. Jonathan Singer, D-Longmont, acknowledged he worked across the aisle from Forti but admired the “grace” Forti brought to his work, especially his advocacy for foster children and the parents who care for them.

“When I think about people I’m jealous of,” Singer said, “it’s the people with generosity of spirit.”

If you would like to donate to the fund for Kyle’s wife and son, Hope, and Max,  click or visit:

Reminders for the Central Committee

Greeting Central Committee Members:

The dead line for submitting for approval for new precinct leaders before the upcoming Organizational Meeting on February 9this Monday the 28thof January 2019 at 12 noon. 

This is to ensure that we have enough time to certify credentials for voting members. 

A reminder for all that are planning to run for a leadership positions or for bonus member- there will be a meeting at the Clerk and Recorder’s office on Tuesday January 29th– 5:30pm. 

Thank you for all that you do for freedom. 

In Liberty, 

Cassandra Sebastian

Executive Director

El Paso County Republican Party 

Central Committee Official Call (Feb-9 2019)

Official Call for the El Paso County Republican 
Central Committee Organizational Meeting

In accordance with Colorado Election Law and the Bylaws of the El Paso County Republican Central Committee, I, Joshua Hosler, hereby call an organizational meeting of the El Paso County Republican Central Committee to be held on Saturday, February 9, 2019, at Sand Creek High School, 7005 Carefree Circle N., Colorado Springs, CO 80922. Registration opens at 7:00 A.M. The county meeting begins at 9:00 A.M. Credentialing for the county meeting closes at 9:00 A.M.




Greetings Republicans:

I am writing this not as the Chairman of the El Paso County Republican Party, but as a proud Coloradan and combat Marine. After serving two combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq, I felt called to defend the Constitution fighting for freedom stateside, defending Colorado against tyrannical politicians who would usurp our fundamental rights.  Too often, party leaders will not call out elected officials. I am not that kind of milquetoast party chair.

HB18-1436 it is a direct assault on every veteran and freedom loving Coloradan. This bill allows a family member, law enforcement officer, roommate, or a disgruntled spouse to file an Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO).

Say, for example, a disgruntled spouse, girlfriend, or boyfriend is intent on doing you harm. All they have to do is lie to the courts and say that you are a danger to yourself or others. The courts will then issue a temporary ERPO and the police may then file for a warrant to search your home and take your firearms. Through this initial process, you would have no redress and would not be made aware that the ERPO until it is finalized. This would then leave you defenseless.

Additionally, if the firearms are left in storage with law enforcement or dealer for more than one year from the initial seizure, the firearms will be disposed of by the party that is storing them.  So, if your “temporary” seizure is extended more than 182 days and is more than one year you lose your firearms permanently.

While this bill is paved with good intentions, so is the road to hell.  

If this bill is passed, literally any person close to someone can accuse another person of being “dangerous” and have that person’s constitutional rights removed. There is no due process. This is unacceptable. It is a slippery slope that will only end in the usurpation of many of our freedoms, the freedoms that myself and my fellow veterans risked our lives to protect and defend.

I ask that our legislators consider the harm HB18-1436 to our law-abiding citizens, particularly, our veterans. Please call your legislator today and ask them to preserve freedom and vote NO on HB18-1436.

God Bless and Semper Fi,

Joshua Hosler