Thanks, Judd Choate, for your service

Two Colorado Secretary of State staffers, county support manager Dwight Shellman and elections director Judd Choate, at the National Association of State Election Directors conference Sunday. Choate is the outgoing president. (SOS photo)

The National Association of State Election Directors on Sunday thanked its outgoing president, Colorado’s election director Judd Choate.

The tribute came as NASED gathered in Washington, D.C., for its winter conference.

The association’s goal is to promote accessible, accurate and transparent elections across the country and U.S. territories. The role of NASED, pronounced “NASS ed,” has grown increasingly more important as concerns mount over cyber security and foreign meddling.

“It has been an extraordinary year,” Choate said. “NASED is an amazingly important organization, and it has been my honor to lead it this past year.”

Judd Choate, Colorado’s election director, received gifts from the National Association of State Election Directors which he led for the past year. (SOS photo)

Choate, who has served on the group’s executive committee the past five years, received a baseball glove and ball signed by the NASED board. He’s a baseball fanatic who was a scout with the Kansas City Royals in the 1990s.

The group also gave him a bobblehead replica of himself in a seersucker suit.

NASED met at the Fairmont Hotel where the National Association of Secretaries of State also was holding its winter conference. Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams serves NASS’ executive committee.

“Judd’s leadership of NASED has helped Colorado by giving us additional insights and opportunities,” Williams said. “I think he’s done a great job leading this important organization.”

Colorado makes its mark at National Association of Secretaries of State conference

The executive board of the National Association of Secretaries of State pose for its first group shot, at the NASS conference in Nashville this month. Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, to the left in the back row, is the vice president for the Western region. Connecticut Secretary of State Denise Merrill, in the white jacket, is the new president. (SOS photo)
The executive board of the National Association of Secretaries of State poses for its first group shot, at the NASS conference in Nashville this month. Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, left, is vice president for the Western region. Connecticut Secretary of State Denise Merrill, in the white jacket, is the new president. (SOS photo)

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams has been elected to serve on the executive committee of the National Secretaries of State.

Williams took over as the western region vice president at NASS’s summer conference this month in Nashville. At the same time, Connecticut Secretary of State Denise Merrill became president of the association, the nation’s oldest nonpartisan professional organization for state officials. Her term ends next July.

Colorado's Judd Choate at the National Association of State Elections Directors meeting in Nashville this month.
Colorado’s Judd Choate at the National Association of State Election Directors’ meeting in Nashville this month.

“Secretaries of State ensure that our nation’s voters and businesses can easily participate in our political process and our economy,” Williams said. ” As a new secretary of state, I’m honored to serve as vice president and I look forward to continuing to share Colorado’s ideas with my colleagues and to continue to learn from them.”

Williams wasn’t the only Colorado secretary of state staffer taking the oath of office in Nashville.

Deanna Maiolo was elected secretary-treasurer of the Administrative Codes and Registers, or ACR, which is a section of NASS.

And Judd Choate, state elections director for Colorado, is president-elect of the National Association of State Election Directors, or NASED. He oversaw the NASED meeting in Nashville because the president, from New York, was unable to attend.

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