Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams handed out tins of Enstrom Candies this week when visiting Taiwanese dignitaries as part of an international trade mission to Asia.
Williams is the western region vice president for the National Association of Secretaries of State. He was joined on the trip by three other secretaries of state: Tom Schedler of Louisiana, Alison Lundergan Grimes of Kentucky and Mac Warner of West Virginia.
“The challenge with bringing Enstrom’s is that my fellow secretaries are tempted to eat it instead of giving it as a gift to our hosts,” Williams joked.
The Grand Junction-based company is known for its mouth-watering toffee. The candy is always a hit on Valentine’s Day at the Colorado Capitol.
At 6-foot-5, Jefferson County Republican Rick Enstrom was trying to get in the back row when supporters for Sentate candidate Jerry Natividad took the stage at the Colorado Republican assembly Saturday.
Enstrom took a step backward to the stage curtain but discovered there was no stage left.
He went straight down 4 feet — missing a pole by a mere inches –and landed on concrete. He broke three ribs in his back.
“I think my ego is as badly broke as my ribs after taking a digger in front of 6,000 people,” Enstrom said. “Jerry felt so bad. He was back there holding my hand and I said, ‘Get out there and talk to people.'”
Enstrom is convalescing at his Lakewood home.
“I’m not even close to OK. I have to get off the couch on my hands and knees,” he said. “It’s ribs. There’s nothing you can do about it but tough it out.”
Arapahoe County Republicans are borrowing a page from Secretary of State Wayne Williams and will participate in a food drive at their county assembly on March 19.
County chairwoman Joy Hoffman said she was inspired by the Super Bowl bet between Williams and North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall. Both secretary of state offices collected goods for their respective food banks, Food Bank of the Rockies and Food Bank of Central and Eastern Carolina.
The bet garnered plenty of national attention and praise. “We could all win this bet,” read the headline in a North Carolina paper.
“Wayne certainly kicked off the idea in my mind,” Hoffman said. “It was such a positive idea.”
Also collecting food on behalf of the Colorado Secretary of State’s office was Enstrom Candies, the Denver clerk and recorder and elections division and the Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder’s Office.
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams’ bet that the Denver Broncos will beat the Carolina Panthers in Sunday’s Super Bowl netted in 674 pounds of groceries being dropped off this morning at Food Bank of the Rockies.
And more food is coming.
Today’s food was donated by by Enstrom Candies, who got in on the secretary’s bet. In addition to tuna, peanut butter and cans of sweet corn, the company contributed some of its famous toffee — 2,000 individual candy bars to be exact.
“Take that, Carolina Panthers!” Rick Enstrom said, as he and Williams helped unload food from the back of his truck.
In addition to the secretary of state’s office, Denver Clerk Debra Johnson and Arapahoe Clerk Matt Crane and their staffs also are collecting food items and will add them to the Colorado Secretary of State’s haul. The donations will be delivered to Food Bank of the Rockies next week.
A Super Bowl bet to help the hungry already is paying off for Coloradans even before the game between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers officially kicks off.
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and Rick Enstrom of Enstrom Candies are scheduled to deliver a load of groceries Thursday to the Food Bank of the Rockies.
Williams and North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall wagered an unusual bet on Sunday’s Super Bowl game: Each office would collect food and donate it to their respective food banks.
If the Broncos win, the donations in both states are under their name. If the Panthers win, the donations are under their team name.
When Marshall indicated she wanted to wager on the game, Williams planned on betting buffalo steaks and Enstrom’s famous toffee. After hearing the bet was about food banks, Enstrom said he would load up on groceries.
“We’re delighted the Colorado and Carolina secretaries of state created this challenge and are choosing to help hungry families in honor of the big game,” said Kevin Seggelke, president and CEO of Food Bank of the Rockies.