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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County clerks help Republicans, Democrats, tally assembly ballots

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams joins Elbert Clerk Dallas Schroeder, former Douglas Clerk Jack Arrowsmith, Arapahoe Clerk Matt Crane, Williams, Montrose Clerk Tressa Guynes and Weld Clerk Carly Koppes.
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams joins Elbert Clerk Dallas Schroeder, former Douglas Clerk Jack Arrowsmith, Arapahoe Clerk Matt Crane, Williams, Montrose Clerk Tressa Guynes and Weld Clerk Carly Koppes.

El Paso County Clerk Chuck Broerman had plenty of help from fellow county clerks and his staff when counting ballots at the two-day Colorado Republican Party assembly.

It was Broerman who took the stage Saturday with GOP chairman Steve House, when House announced the stunning results of the U.S. Senate race. Of the eight candidates trying get on at the assembly by getting at least 30 percent of the delegate vote only one person, only El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn, made it. Glenn kept everyone else off the ballot by getting 70 percent of the vote.

Nearly 14,500 ballots were processed during voting on Friday and Saturday for delegates, the U.S. Senate, CU regent and more.

The ballot for the Colorado Democratic assembly.
The ballot for the Colorado Democratic assembly.

Colorado Democrats are doing things differently when they meet this Saturday in Loveland.

Denver Elections has already  prepared the ballots for the party, but staffers won’t be in Loveland doing the counting. The ballots will be tabulated back at the main office site and the results released Monday by the Colorado Democratic Party, elections director Amber McReynolds said.

Democrats don’t have a scramble for a Senate candidate. The incumbent, Michael Bennet, is running again.

Denver also handled the election last year for the contentious race for chair of the state Democratic Party.

“County clerks provide support to ensure this important process is conducted properly,” said Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams.

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Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams hits the road again

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams in Pagosa Springs on Day 1 of a four-day road trip.
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams in Pagosa Springs on Day 1 of a four-day road trip focused mainly in the southwestern part of the state.

Here’s Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams’ version of spring break: Visited nine county clerks. Checked out five newspaper offices. Attended three Go Code Colorado competitions. Spoke at one Club 20 event.

And all in four days.

Williams began his trip Wednesday morning in Greeley, where he met with Weld County Clerk Carly Koppes. By late afternoon he was in Pagosa Springs, talking to Archuleta County Clerk June Madrid and touring The Pagosa Springs Sun newsroom.

That night, Williams ate dinner in Durango with La Plata County Clerk Tiffany Parker — he visited her office Friday afternoon, too — and by the next morning he was ready to hit the road to talk with three other county clerks.

“Last year I met with all the new county clerks in their offices and this year and I am continuing to go meet with county clerks,” Williams said. “By going to their offices I get a better understanding of their set-ups and their challenges to ensure we are helping meet their needs.”

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