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Democrat Matt Gray, his 2-year-old daughter, Ellie, and his newborn son, Theo.
Democrat Matt Gray, his 2-year-old daughter, Ellie, and his newborn son, Theo.

Dang it, Matt Gray, hours after I had finally written a blog about the latest political babies his son decided to make his debut.

Theodore James Gray, known as Theo, was born at 5:15 p.m. Friday.

When I lamented to Gray about his timing, he fired back with one of his perfect responses: “I asked Kaiser if we could induce early for that reason but they said no.”

Gray, an attorney,  is the former chair of the Broomfield County Democratic Party, and a candidate for state House in 2016. He is running for the seat now held by Rep. Dianne Primavera, D-Broomfield.

He also was one of three pro bono copy editors when I wrote for The Denver Post’s political blog, The Spot. Either he, or state Sen. Chris Holbert (the son of a newspaper man) or  Jack Wylie, a former state Senate spokesman turned legislative director for a state agency, would regularly send me e-mails.  You’re missing a word. You have an extra word. I think you meant this or that.  The tips came at all hours of the day and night and I will forever be grateful for their help.

Theo Gray.
Theo Gray.

About Theo. He was born at Good Samaritan in Lafayette. Vital stats:  7 pounds, 4 ounces and 21 inches.

“Good Samaritan is also where his 2-year-old sister Ellie was born and is across the street from the Gatehouse, where Katie and I got married in 2006,” Gray said, in an e-mail.

“When Ellie came to the hospital to visit after the birth, I hadn’t seen her in almost 24 hours but as soon as she saw me in the hallway instead of saying ‘hello’ or wanting a hug, the first thing she said was ‘Where’s Theo?'”

Also welcoming babies this month are former state Sen. Josh Penry and his wife, Kristin Strohm, a political consultant. They’re hoping to bring their twin daughters home by Christmas.

Irony: Jack Wylie e-mailed me to say I had misspelled his name in the blog.

Wayne Williams meets with other secretaries of state, Pitkin clerk in Aspen

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, far right, joins other current and former secretaries of state for an election event in Aspen on Monday.
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, far right, joins other current and former secretaries of state for an election event in Aspen on Monday.
Secretary of State Wayne Williams and Pitkin County Clerk Janice Vos Caudill. (Photo courtesy of Aspen Public Radio/)
Secretary of State Wayne Williams and Pitkin County Clerk Janice Vos Caudill. (Photo courtesy of Aspen Public Radio/Marci Krivonen)

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams squeezed in a visit with Pitkin County Clerk Janice Vos Caudill and her staff when he attended an elections seminar in Aspen sponsored by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Pew convened a bipartisan group of about 20 current and former secretaries of state to discuss challenges and opportunities to improve election administration in 2016 and beyond.

“The overall goal of Pew’s Election Initiatives team is to help election officials improve the cost-effectiveness, efficiency, accuracy, and convenience of elections,” said David Becker, director of elections initiatives for Pew. “We will be following up with several states about ways we can help them consider new technologies and ways in which better data may assist their efforts.”

Williams said that sharing “challenges and solutions” with both Republican and Democrat secretaries of state is “beneficial and interesting.”

Williams, who took office in January, headed for Aspen on Monday and left Tuesday with three secretaries of state whose flights out of Aspen had been canceled because of a snowstorm. Before taking off, he talked to the Pitkin County commissioners and the clerk’s office.

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Double the fun for Penry, Strohm; Colorado’s political babies keep arriving

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Josh Penry holding his daughter Caroline, who has a twin sister, Sophie.
Kristin Strohm feeding Caroline.
Kristin Strohm feeding her daughter Caroline. The twins were born Dec. 9 and are still in the hospital.

The list of Colorado politicos turning out babies continues to grow, and Josh Penry and Kristin Strohm are over the moon with their twin girls.

Chase Penry, 13, holds the twins, Sophie and Caroline.
Chase Penry, 13, holds the twins, Sophie and Caroline.

Sophie Valentine and Caroline Quinn were born Dec. 9. Sophie weighed just over 5 pounds, Caroline just under 5 pounds.

Penry is the former Senate minority leader who works for the mega-connected EIS Solutions firm. Strohm is a partner in the Starboard Group, a rising GOP political consulting firm.

“Our doctor told Kristin she was the most beautiful pregnant women since Demi Moore,” Penry said.

However, there are no Vanity Fair style covers of Strohm (unless the Colorado Statesman is planning something I don’t know about.)

It’s been quite the year for babies.

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Wayne Williams: Colorado secretary of state and good Samaritan

Secretary of State Wayne Williams aids a driver stuck near the Capitol on Wednesday.
Secretary of State Wayne Williams aids a driver stuck near the Capitol on Wednesday.

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams jumped into action this week when a snowstorm hit the state, paralyzing traffic and canceling hundreds of flights.

Williams attended an election seminar in Aspen on Monday with other secretaries of state.

When flights out of Aspen were canceled, Williams played chauffer, making sure  three conference participants got to Denver International Airport. Williams braved a challenging commute on Interstate 70 on Tuesday to drop off Wyoming Secretary of State Ed Murray and former Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson at Denver International Airport.

A third secretary of state, Kim Wyman of Washington, spent the night at Williams’ home in Colorado Springs. He then got up in the wee hours to take her to DIA for her flight early Wednesday. She texted him from her seat in the plane at 7:54 a.m.

“Thanks so much for the VIP service last night and this morning! Tell Holly I enjoyed meeting her and appreciated staying in her VERY NEAT AND TIDY home. :-)” she wrote.

Williams later that morning appeared before the Joint Technology Committee at the state Capitol. When he crossed Colfax Avenue to get to his office at 1700 Broadway, he found a driver unable to get out of a snow pile to pull away from the curb. Williams helped push the car free.

“Our mission is to help people and apparently that includes talking people to the airport and pushing them out of a snowbank,” he said, with a laugh.

“I get the right to vote!” new U.S. citizen tells Secretary of State’s office

When Maria Gutilla of Peru became a U.S. citizen on Wednesday, her family showed up to cheer her on. From left to right, Zack Gutilla, 35, holding daughter Mikaela; Zack's wife, Maria, and Secretary Wayne Williams holding their daughter,Cecilia. (Photo by Keara Brosnan/SOS)
When Maria Gutilla of Peru became a U.S. citizen on Wednesday, her family showed up to cheer her on. From left to right, Zack Gutilla, 35, holding daughter Mikaela; Zack’s wife, Maria, and Secretary Wayne Williams holding their daughter,Cecilia. (Photo by Keara Brosnan/SOS)

By Keara Brosnan

Peruvian Marita Gutilla finally gets to call herself an American.

The 31-year-old was one of  56 people from 29 countries — ranging from Nepal to France to Mexico — who officially became citizens of the United States during a naturalization ceremony Wednesday in Centennial.

Citizenship caries many rights as well as responsibilities, which the new Americans said they looking forward to.

“I get all the privileges everyone else has,” said Yulia Aleksandrovna Penny, a 33-year-old Russian native who lives in Highlands Ranch. “I get the right to vote!”

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