When they were little boys, they lived across the state from each other but occasionally played together at the state Capitol when their dads brought them to work.
These days, Chase Penry and David Brophy live in the metro area and face each other on the basketball court. Chase attends Cherry Creek High School while David goes to Arapahoe High School.
The teens’ dads are former Sen. Josh Penry, who was from Grand Junction, and former state Sen. Greg Brophy, who was from Wray.
“It’s a small world after all,” the senior Brophy said. “As a parent in sports, it really changes the nature of the game when you know and truly like the opposition kids. You want him to play well, but his team to lose!”
The parade route went right by Williams’ office at 1700 Broadway — he captured a good picture of the orange- and blue-stripe painted on the street for his Facebook page — but he was headed to Washington for the National Association of Secretaries of State winter conference.
After he landed, Williams stopped by all seven congressional offices. In most cases, the representatives had had already headed to the floor for a nighttime vote, but the secretary did manage to catch up with two lawmakers, Republican Ken Buck of Windsor and Republican Doug Lamborn of Colorado Springs.
Williams also had a chance to meet Buck’s new chief of staff, Mac Zimmerman, on his first day on the job. Zimmerman grew up in Denver but has lived in Grand Junction and previously worked for Congressmen Scott McInnis and Tom Tancredo, and for state Senate Minority Leader Josh Penry.