Dale Lyons is the chair of the Huerfano County Democratic Party, and has lived in the area for more than 40 years. At one time, the county was home to many coal mines — and many more union coal miners. Politics have changed a lot since then, she said.
"If you won the Democratic primary, you were pretty much going to win the election because everybody was Democrat in this county," she said. "And that has evolved to something different."
President Donald Trump won Huerfano County in 2016. Lyons said she isn't sure what will happen in this year's governor's race. But she's pushing the state party not to ignore its rural members.
"l we have to be mindful that living rurally is not an obsolete notion," Lyons said. "And I think a lot of the people up north might believe that."