A tough part of the Secretary of State’s job is occasionally crushing the dreams of a candidate by telling him or her the campaign came up short in collecting enough signatures to make the ballot.
Democrat Michele Fry .
The Denver state House candidate turned in her signatures on the final day possible, waiting outside the Secretary of State’s office that April 4 with her mother and her brother two hours before the lobby even opened. Fry loved getting a tour of the conference room where the photographs of secretaries of state were lined up side by side. Her uncle, George Baker, was the last Democrat elected secretary of state. He served from 1949 to 1953 and 1955 to 1963.
Fry never dreamt then that she wouldn’t make the ballot to run in the June 28 primary.
The signatures for another House candidate, Democrat Naquetta Ricks of Aurora, weren’t counted because they were improperly collected.
Secretary Wayne Williams hopes this week to announce the status of at least two U.S. Senate candidates petitioning onto the ballot and candidates for other posts. The results for the other two Senate candidates are expected next week.