All about U — and your quest to be Colorado’s first “kid governor”

Hudson Short, 7, who wants to be Colorado’s first “kid governor,” and his wooden U. (Family photo)

Of course our office sent a wooden U to Hudson Short to decorate. How could we resist after he mailed Secretary of State Wayne Williams a letter in May asking to be “Colorado’s first kid governor”?

“Will kid candidates be included in the next election?” Hudson wanted to know. “I want to make Colorado a great place to live. I want to help people, especially the homeless and poor. Would you please let me know how I can be kid governor?”

Well, Hudson, the Colorado Constitution says you have to be 30 to run for governor, but it makes no mention of the office of “kid governor.” We might have to talk with Gov. John Hickenlooper, who leaves office in January, and the Colorado legislature about that one.

It also says you have to live in Colorado, and your mother, Diana Gatschet, tells us you’ll be moving to New York City in August. Have a great time in the Big Apple. Maybe you can be their first kid  mayor.

A portion of Hudson Short’s letter to Secretary Wayne Williams.

In the meantime, thanks for decorating your wooden U. Secretary Williams is handing out the U’s as part of the UChooseCO campaign to educate unaffiliated voters that they can participate in the June 26 primary election, but they can only vote one ballot.

The campaign has a web pageFacebook page, a Twitter account and its own hashtag, #UChooseCO.

At least every week day between now and the June 26 primary the Secretary of State’s office will highlight a wooden U or two. They’ve been decorated by lawmakers, county clerks and a former governor. Check out more decorated U’s on Facebook and Twitter.

Hudson, who turns 8 on Saturday, attended Blessed Sacrament Catholic School in Park Hill during the school year that just ended.

Wayne Williams, Cub Scout.

Before the letter even landed on Secretary Williams’ desk I got sneak preview because his mother’s cousin is Andrew Hudson, former spokesman extraordinaire for Denver Mayor Wellington Webb and others. Webb also decorated a U.

Clearly, Hudson is a family name. By the way, my favorite part of his letter was his P.S.  to Secretary Williams: “I am in Cub Scouts.”

So was Secretary Williams when he was a boy. He later served as the troop committee chair for his two sons.