Coats and Cans ‘primary’ concludes Monday in Frisco |

Coats and Cans ‘primary’ concludes Monday in Frisco


Blending community service and the political process, Democrats Work will close out the first-of-its kind “Coats and Cans Primary” for the Second Congressional District Monday in Summit County. Democrats will go to the polls one last time to “vote” for their favorite candidate by donating coats, canned goods and diapers in the name of Joan Fitz-Gerald, Jared Polis or Will Shafroth. Who will win this charitable “straw poll”?This third and final round of “voting” will occur during the Summit County Democrats monthly meeting at the Frisco Recreation Building on Monday, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Area “voters” are encouraged to bring their donations to the table that will be set up outside the meeting room. The rules remain the same from Round One in Broomfield and Round Two in Boulder: each coat counts for five votes; each canned good counts for one vote. The canned goods will be donated to the Dillon Community Church, and the winter coats will go to the Family & Intercultural Resource Center.After the first two rounds of voting, Jared Polis leads with 1,445 votes, with his supporters donating 118 winter coats and almost a half ton of canned goods. Former state Senator Joan Fitz-Gerald has 585 votes. Will Shafroth has 342 votes.The votes will be counted Monday evening, and the winner of this unique straw poll will be announced on Tuesday. The “Coats and Cans Primary” will cap a year in which Democrats Work has been omnipresent in Colorado. In 2007, Democrats Work has committed nearly 1000 volunteer hours to community service in Colorado at 20 events, cleaning up parks, planting trees, making care packages for our troops, and painting over graffiti.For more information on the rules for the “Coats and Cans” primary, please visit:

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