By Keara Brosnan
Colorado’s Secretary of State’s campaign finance manager Steve Bouey traveled across the world to witness Ukraine’s first local elections in five years.
Previously, political parties appointed local officials.
“Ukraine is obviously an interesting place,” Bouey said. “The whole eastern half of the country is under rebel control and they want to secede and join Russia and Crimea. There’s a lot going on politically.”
Bouey was selected to be a part of the Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe. Bouey, a seasoned traveler who has worked for the Secretary of State’s office for more than six years, toured the country in October as part of his OSCE mission.
“I thought, ‘Wow, this is Ukraine, it’s a dangerous place, there’s an ongoing civil war,’” Bouey said, “But I didn’t feel any danger or threat to my safety… I was in Afghanistan back in June and that was obviously a dodgy place, but I felt safe in Ukraine.”