Secretary Williams explains campaign to educate unaffiliated voters

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams today talks with the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Public Affairs Council about his office’s effort to educate unaffiliated voters about the June primary.  (SOS photo)

For the second time this month, Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams talked to the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce about this year’s primary election, where unaffiliated voters for the first time in history will be able to vote in primary elections without formally affiliating with a major political party.

The office is developing a mostly digital campaign to let unaffiliated voters know they can only mark and return a Democratic or a Republican ballot. But they can’t vote both — if they do, the votes won’t count.

“This is part of what we’re trying to convey,” Williams told the chamber’s Public Affairs Council this morning. “Make sure your vote counts.”

The secretary of state’s office recently polled unaffiliated voters.  Among the results:

  • 39 percent intend to vote in the primary
  • 33 percent don’t
  • 28 percent are undecided
  • 27 percent plan to vote in the Democratic primary
  • 12 percent plan to vote in the GOP primary

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Denver Mayor Michael Hancock: “I love this city”

House candidate James Coleman, Larry Mizel, Shayna Coleman and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock at the Mizel Institute's annual dinner. Hancock was this year's honoree.
House candidate James Coleman, Larry Mizel, Shayna Coleman and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock at the Mizel Institute’s annual dinner. Hancock was this year’s honoree.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock delivered an emotional address to his family and the city he loves while being honored at the Mizel Institute dinner Wednesday in a room filled with power brokers.

“Tonight I accept this honor on behalf of the people of Denver who dared to give this kid a shot at his dream,” Hancock said.

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and his longtime friend, Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers. (SOS photo)
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and his longtime friend, Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers. (SOS photo)

“I accept on behalf of the team I serve with every day in the foxhole, giving everything they have for the people of this great city. And I accept on behalf of my wife and children who bear an unequal burden so that I may live my dream and serve the people of Denver.”

The mayor’s wife, Mary Louise Lee, a renowned performer, earlier belted out a song to her husband.

Among those in attendance were Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, state Treasurer Walker Stapleton, state Senate President Bill Cadman and former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb and his wife, former state Rep. Wilma Webb.

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Joe Garcia: the coolest lieutenant governor, the hippest hot tamale

Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia leads the Ignacio Bikers parade in 2011. (Photo Steve Lewis/Durango Herald/used with permission)
Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia leads the Ignacio Bikers parade in 2011. (Photo Steve Lewis/Durango Herald/used with permission)

Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia surprised Colorado today,  announcing he will step down some time next year to pursue his passion in higher education.

Garcia, the former president of Colorado State University-Pueblo, will become president of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education.

Since taking office in 2011 with Gov. John Hickenlooper, Garcia has been an unconventional lite gov.

Garcia also serves as the director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education, which means the governor likely will have two jobs to fill.

Garcia is known for his sense of humor. When Hickenlooper and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock were out of town, Garcia and City Attorney Scott Martinez were in charge of their government agencies. Garcia tweeted out their pictures and said “First move. Pueblo is now state Capitol.  What else?” Martinez tweeted, “Two hot tamales in charge. New law: Green chile is the official city and state fruit.”

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