A former Colorado governor and the state treasurer who wants to move across the hall into the governor’s office joined in a campaign to decorate wooden U’s to highlight the automatic participation of unaffiliated voters in the primary election for the first time in state history.
Secretary of State Wayne Williams is handing out the U’s as part of the UChooseCO campaign, which stresses to unaffiliated voters that they will receive both the Democratic and Republican ballots but they have to pick just one ballot. If they vote two, neither will count.
Every day between now and the June 26 primary we will highlight a U or two. Recipients were asked to consider their values when decorating or to just have fun. Some clerks highlighted their counties.
The two secretaries of state waged a friendly bet beforehand: Each would make a $50 donation to a local food bank in the name of the winning team.
“Just make that check out in honor of Marshall Thundering Herd. Send photos — you’ll be a hero in Huntington,” Warner texted Williams afterward. “Then, even you can say, ‘We are all MARSHALL!’”
So Williams got a tiny taste of his own medicine. Two years ago at NASS’ winter conference in D.C., Williams showed up in a Denver Broncos T-shirt, fresh from watching the Super Bowl parade right outside his office in Denver. He wore some kind of Broncos paraphernalia for three straight days.
The secretary of state who had to grin and bear it was North Carolina’s Elaine Marshall. She and Williams also had made a food-bank wager.
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams happily donated $50 to the Food Bank of the Rockies today, but writing on the receipt that the money came from West Virginia’s Marshall University, now that hurt.
Williams had waged a friendly bet with West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner over the match-up Saturday between the Colorado State University Rams and Marshall’s Thundering Herd.
Warner also donated $50 in the name of Marshall, to the St. Francis School Food Bank that services the local community. School administrators and the choir visited the West Virginia Capitol today as part of their Christmas program, then stopped by Warner’s office for a visit and a photo.
“Just make that check out in honor of Marshall Thundering Herd. Send photos — you’ll be a hero in Huntington,” he said in a text message to Williams. “Then, even you can say, ‘We are all MARSHALL!'”
That’s in reference to the phone call Williams made to Warner after they agreed on the bet. “We are not Marshall,” Williams said, referring to the movie, “We Are Marshall.” “I am confident in the athletes at Colorado State to represent us well. Go Rams!”