Senate Republicans embrace the past and future at pre-session fundraiser

Former Senate Minority Leader Mike Kopp and former Senate Majority Leader Norma Anderson, along with her daughter-in-law, former Jefferson County Clerk Pam Anderson at Tuesday night's Senate Republican fundraiser.
Former Senate Minority Leader Mike Kopp and former Senate Majority Leader Norma Anderson, along with her daughter-in-law, former Jefferson County Clerk Pam Anderson, at Tuesday night’s Senate Republican fundraiser.
Former state Sen. Mark Hillman of Burlington and Arapahoe County Commissioner Nancy Doty, who is running for the state Senate.
Former state Sen. Mark Hillman of Burlington and Arapahoe County Commissioner Nancy Doty, who is running for the state Senate.

The Senate Republicans’ fundraising gala tonight featured the usual mix of lawyers, lobbyists and lawmakers but tonight there was an added ingredient: a bit of history.

Former Gov. Bill Owens, whose lengthy political career included a stint in the state Senate, was present as were three former GOP Senate minority or majority leaders: Norma Anderson of Lakewood, Mark Hillman of Burlington and Mike Kopp of Littleton.

All left their mark on the Senate.

“It’s good to see so many people,” said Anderson, who posed with plenty of folks who wanted a picture with her.

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Secretary of State Wayne Williams visits Kiowa, Cheyenne and Kit Carson counties

Eads voter Betty Frazee, center, was surprised to see Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams Tuesday she dropped off her ballot to Kiowa County Clerk Delisa Weeks. (SOS)
Eads voter Betty Frazee, center, was surprised to see Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams Tuesday when she dropped off her ballot to Kiowa County Clerk Delisa Weeks. (SOS)

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams let out a huge laugh when he heard the story about the Kiowa County voter who needed a replacement ballot: It turns out the voter burned up his first ballot because it was the only paper he could find when lighting his grill.

Williams hit the Eastern Plains Tuesday to visit with three new county clerks who took office in January: Delisa Weeks in Kiowa, Pat Daugherty in Cheyenne and Susan Corliss in Kit Carson. He checked to see how they are doing in preparation for the Nov. 3 election and what kind of assistance the secretary of state’s office can provide them.

“You made it to the end of the world, huh?” Kiowa Chief Deputy Patricia Roper said, when she saw Williams at the office in Eads.

Weeks — who used to be a dispatcher with the sheriff’s office — Roper and Roland Sorensen are the only employees in the clerk’s office. Kiowa, with less than 975 active voters, still counts ballots by hand. (So does Jackson  and San Juan counties.)

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