While Republicans have taken center stage in recent weeks, Mesa County Democrats have been planning their strategy to meet with the same successes they found in 2004.
The 2004 election cycle brought what many thought were surprising victories by Democrats in both local and state–wide races that resulted in the party taking control of both houses of the state legislature.
Democrats lag in registered voters in Mesa County behind both the GOP and those unaffiliated with a party, but chairman Bob Traylor says that discrepancy could provide direction for the party. Traylor says Bernie Buescher was able to capture a seat in the State House by taking a middle ground appealing to both unaffiliated voters and moderate Republicans.
Democrats will be making their message more public in the next few weeks, making for a spirited fall campaign season.