All eyes on U — and Montrose County

The various U’s decorated by the Montezuma County Clerk and Recorder’s office as part of the UChooseCO campaign. Top left, Andrea Martinez, top right, Jerri Frizzell, bottom left, Kelly Codner, bottom right, various U’s.(Kim Percell photos)

Montezuma County Clerk Kim Percell and her staff took it upon themselves to decorate some “U’s” in a way that represented Montezuma County and the changes for unaffiliated voters for the primary election.

“This was a great opportunity for all of us to do something FUN!”  Percell said. “I wanted them to display them at their desk so customers would ask about all of the decorated U’s giving the clerk the opportunity to explain the UChoose campaign. The names of those who participated were thrown into a hat and they won a $20 gift card.”

Montezuma County Clerk and Recorder Kim Percell holds her U, which is covered in eyes and questions. (Kim Percell photo)

Percell’s U is decorated with sets of different sized eyes that are all asking if they get to choose.

“My thought with the U was that we all had the blessing to be able to make a choice,” Percell said. “The entire primary election process is up to each of us to decide what candidate we want on our ballots.”

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams handed out Wooden U’s as part of the UChooseCO campaign to help inform unaffiliated voters that for the first time they could participate in Colorado’s primary election. Percell’s staff went and got their own U’s to decorate.

The campaign also reminded unaffiliated voters who got both the Republican and Democratic ballot in the mail to only vote one. If they voted both, neither counted. Clerks continue to process ballots, although the election ended at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The UChooseCO campaign has a web pageFacebook page, a Twitter account and its own hashtag, #UChooseCO. Check out more decorated U’s on Facebook and Twitter and this blog.

BREAKING — Secretary Wayne Williams talks to, oh, just about everyone

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams with two Durango Herald editors, city editor Sue McMillin and senior editor Amy Maestas.
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams with two Durango Herald editors, city editor Sue McMillin and senior editor Amy Maestas.

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams saw a familiar face when he visited The Durango Herald newsroom Friday: the new city editor, Sue McMillin, used to work at the Colorado Springs Gazette.

McMillin’s career at the Gazette spanned more than 30 years, and she served as new director when she left in December. Williams, who lives in Colorado Springs, frequently appears in the newspaper.

He served two terms as an El Paso County commissioner and one term as the El Paso clerk and recorder before being elected secretary of state in 2014.

“A lot of times I told reporters to call Wayne Williams’ office,” McMillin recalled.

Read moreBREAKING — Secretary Wayne Williams talks to, oh, just about everyone

Secretary of Wayne Williams visits two clerks in southwest Colorado

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams visits with election officials in Durango today. From left to right: Crystal Tweet in the Durango municipal clerk's office, Municipal Clerk Amy Phillips, La Plata County elections administrator Erin Hutchins, Williams, La Plata County Clerk Tiffany Parker and Parker's chief deputy, Ashli Stuckman.
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams visits with election officials in Durango today. From left to right: Crystal Tweet in the Durango municipal clerk’s office, municipal clerk Amy Phillips, La Plata County elections administrator Erin Hutchins, Williams, La Plata County Clerk Tiffany Parker and Parker’s chief deputy, Ashli Stuckman.
In addition, Montezuma County Clerk and Recorder Kim Percell and Secretary of State Wayne Williams at her office in Cortez on Friday.
In addition, Montezuma County Clerk and Recorder Kim Percell and Secretary of State Wayne Williams at her office in Cortez on Friday.

Secretary of State Wayne Williams on Friday toured La Plata County’s elections warehouse, where materials are stored and where the folks who process mail ballots and verify voter signatures do their work when the busy season hits.

In addition, Williams visited with Montezuma County Clerk and Recorder Kim Percell, who delayed the start of her vacation so she could meet with the secretary in Cortez.

Colorado’s coordinated election is Nov. 3. Mail ballots go out next week.

Williams met with La Plata County Clerk and Recorder Tiffany Parker and her staff at the elections office in Durango and later toured the warehouse. Parker said she and Amy Phillips, the Durango municipal clerk, work very closely together “which is why it was so important for Amy to meet the secretary.”

“Wayne is a good man,” said Parker, who also is president of the Colorado County Clerks Association. “I appreciate his openness to touring our office and our warehouse.”

Williams, who served one term as El Paso County clerk and recorder, took office in January as Colorado’s 38th secretary of state. He was the first sitting county election official elected as secretary of state. Williams has been traveling the state and meeting with clerks to see what assistance his office can provide