Colorado Springs city clerk elected vice chair of national elections board

Colorado Springs’ city clerk, Sarah Ball Johnson, has been elected vice president of a national elections group that makes recommendations to the Election Assistance Commission to help it carry out its mandates.

Colorado Springs City Clerk Sara Ball Johnson.
Colorado Springs City Clerk Sara Ball Johnson.

Johnson’s election occurred earlier this month when the Board of Advisors, a permanent advisory committee established by the Help America Vote Act of 2002, met in Chicago for its annual meeting.

“It’s a really great group, a really good group,” Johnson said. “because it’s made up of election officials and different activists from the different appointing authorities … so it’s a really varied board.”

Johnson, 46, was nominated to serve on the board almost a decade ago by Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who now is the Senate majority leader. She said she worked for him “years and years ago” before being hired by the Kentucky State Board of Elections for 17 years, seven as the executive director.

She has served as as the city clerk in Colorado Springs for four years. As such, she serves as custodian of city records, processes business licenses, runs city elections and helps staff City Council meetings.

She worked closely with Secretary of State Wayne Williams when he served as El Paso County’s clerk and recorder.

“Sarah has been a great addition to Colorado,” Williams said. “Working together, we made voting easier for our citizens and ensured the integrity of the process while keeping costs down.”

HAVA mandates that the EAC test and certify voting equipment, maintain the National Voter Registration form, conduct research and administer a national clearinghouse on elections that includes shared practices, information for voters and other resources to improve elections, according to a news release from the organization.

Colorado’s elected leaders reflect at prayer luncheon

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams with Denver City Council members Debbie Ortega and Albus Brooks at the Colorado Prayer Luncheon Thursday. (SOS photo)
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams with Denver City Council members Debbie Ortega and Albus Brooks at the Colorado Prayer Luncheon Thursday. (SOS photo)

Secretary of State Wayne Williams and other elected officials on Thursday participated in the 29th annual Colorado Prayer Luncheon, which attracted nearly 1,000 people..

The featured speaker at the event was Richard Stearns, president of World Vision U.S., one of the world’s largest humanitarian organizations.

State Treasurer Walker Stapleton, Attorney General Cynthia Coffman and Secretary of State Wayne Williams. (SOS picture)
State Treasurer Walker Stapleton, Attorney General Cynthia Coffman and Secretary of State Wayne Williams. (SOS picture)

Among those present at the Colorado Convention Center’s Four Seasons Ballroom were Gov. John Hickenlooper, Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, state Treasurer Walker Stapleton and former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton.

State lawmakers as well as members of the Denver City Council also attended.

“It was wonderful to have gathered together people from many different dominations,” Williams said. “I know I appreciate the prayers from Coloradans.

A lot of love for Marge Klein

Marge Klein, center, poses for a group shot Saturday with, from left to right, her daughter Tammy Klein, politico Shari Williams, former Congressman Bob Beauprez and Routt County Treasurer Britta Horn. Williams and Horn jumped into the pool to raise money for Klein, who was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Marge Klein, center, poses for a group shot Saturday with those who helped raise money for her medical bills. From left to right, her daughter Tammy Klein, politico Shari Williams, former Congressman Bob Beauprez and Routt County Treasurer Brita Horn. Williams and Horn jumped into the pool to raise money for Klein, who was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Larry Klein knew his wife Marge had a lot of friends — after all, she had worked for two congressmen and been active in the Republican Party for eons — but he didn’t truly understand how many until she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Larry broke down this afternoon at a fundraiser to help his wife pay for chemo treatments, which weren’t covered by their insurance.

Larimer County Treasurer Irene Josey and Marge Klein.
Larimer County Treasurer Irene Josey and Marge Klein.

“It’s just overwhelming,” he said.

Plenty of bold-face names showed up at Brian Watson’s home in Greenwood Village for the “Pony Up for Marge” event that Larimer County Treasurer Irene Josey helped put together. Among them were two of her old bosses, former Congressman Bob Schaffer and Bob Beauprez.

Also present were Colorado Republican Party Chairman Steve House, Routt County Treasurer Brita Horn, Weld County Clerk Carly Koppes and Weld County Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer. Horn and political maven Shari Williams even took a dunk in Watson’s yet-to-be- heated swimming pool to raise money for their friend.

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Park County Clerk Debbi Green celebrates 2 milestones

Park County Clerk and Recorder Debbi Green today celebrates her 20th anniversary working for the county.

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Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams helps Park County Clerk Debbi Green celebrate her 62nd birthday and her 20th anniversary of working with the county. From left to right: Jackie Beckman, Susan Balicki, Maggie Coonrod, Lori Jaidinger, Williams and Green.

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and Green’s co-workers, friends and family surprised Green with an anniversary/birthday party on Tuesday, when she turned 62.

Williams had told Green he would be stopping by her office Tuesday, but she figured it was just one of his visits with clerks to see their set-up and offer help from his staff. She got the keys to show Williams one of the offices and when they walked inside there was a crowd.

“Surprise!” everyone yelled.

The well-wishers included previous county clerk Barbara Pascoe, Green’s son Shawn from Denver,  vendors and county workers from other departments. Green was appointed clerk and recorder in 2001 and is serving her fourth term.

“Everybody said, ‘The look on your face was worth a million dollars,'” Green said. “I looked at Wayne and he was, ‘Yeah, I knew.’

“I cried. I haven’t been this surprised since I thought my son wasn’t going to be here for Christmas and there was a knock on the door.”

The stinky shoe is gone, but the state’s co-ed softball league continues

A shot of the Colorado Secretary of State's league softball team last year. Back row, left to right, Kris Reynolds, Alex Klaus, husband of SOS staffer Kelsey Klause, Dan Volkosh, Mike Fitzpatrick, Secretary of State Wayne Williams and Tyler Hock, boyfriend of SOS staffer (Tiffany’. Front row, left to right: s boyfriend) Brad Lang, Kelsey Klaus, Hilary Rudy, Terry Long (CDDS), Terry's daughter, Tiffany Long. Staff not picture Abbas Montoya, Ben Schler, Jerome Lovato and Kyle Dostart. (SOS photo)
A shot of the Colorado Secretary of State’s softball team last year. Back row, left to right, Kris Reynolds, Alex Klaus, husband of SOS staffer Kelsey Klaus, Dan Volkosh, Mike Fitzpatrick, Secretary of State Wayne Williams and Tyler Hock, whose girlfriend Tiffany Long plays on the team. Front row: Brad Lang, Kelsey Klaus, Hilary Rudy, Terry Long, who works for another state agency, and Long’s daughter, Tiffany . SOS staff not pictured are Abbas Montoya, Ben Schler, Jerome Lovato and Kyle Dostart. (SOS photo)

Legend has it that in 1974 then-Gov. John Vanderhoof lost a shoe rounding second base during a league softball game and “the stinky old shoe” was bronzed and used as a first-place trophy until it was retired.

Now a Stanley Cup-style trophy is presented to the winners but co-ed slow-pitch league featuring state agencies continues.

The Colorado Secretary of State’s team is Hot SoS,  with S0S pronounced “sauce.” (What, no one changed the team name to Honey Baders?)

Some of the team names are pretty funny:

Inglorious Batters, for Department of Labor and Unemployment

Relics, History of Colorado

Who Gives a Hit, Department of Human Services

Bats out of Health, Department of Health

Hit & Run, Department of Law

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