Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, Congressman Mike Coffman and others gathered Friday night in Denver to celebrate Double Ten Day commemorating the events that led to the creation of Taiwan, America’s close friend and ally.
“The United States has been, is and will always be Taiwan’s closest partner,” said Director General Jerry Chang, with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Denver.
When his assistant, Shirley Chang, who is no relation, introduced the secretary of state she got a laugh from the crowd. She called Williams “our good friend” and said he was “most popular.”
Williams mentioned his visit to Taiwan a year ago, and how impressed he was with the nation.
“Taiwan is an example of the type of leadership and freedom that we all seek throughout the world,” he said.
At the invitation of Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, Department of Homeland Security officials came to Colorado hunting for bad guys in the SOS’s network.
Did they bag anything?
“I learned a new acronym: NSTR — Nothing Significant to Report,” said Trevor Timmons, the Secretary of State’s office chief information officer.
The exercise is the latest effort by Williams to ensure that Colorado’s elections are accurate and secure. The Washington Post recently wrote about “how Colorado became the safest state to cast a vote.” Colorado already had implemented many of the measures recommended after election officials learned of Russia’s efforts to interfere with the 2016 election.
“Don’t be afraid. Be fearless,” said Argentinian native Lorena Cantarovici, owner of Maria Empanada.
She still gets goosebumps when she thinks about going to Washington, D.C., this year to be honored by the U.S. Small Business Administration for being the state winner.
That’s quite a journey for an immigrant who arrived with less than $500 in her pocket and began making pastries for her friends out of her kitchen and garage, and ended up operating three stores in the metro area.
Williams visited Cantarovici’s store in Greenwood Village as a way to remind Coloradans that their nominations for the state’s 2018 Small Business Person of the Year are due next month.
“Part of why we’re here is the Secretary of State’s office is the office in which you form a business. We’ve got more than 660,000 businesses in Colorado and and we want to encourage people to think about what is that next Maria Empanada, the next small business success story that we should celebrate here in Colorado,” Williams said.
“One of the great things about America is the opportunity everyone has to succeed. You get to go the direction you want to. In some cases, you convince people to buy this thing called an empanada that they might not ever have heard of before.”