All about U: Chaffee County Clerk Lori Mitchell and Steffan Tubbs

Colorado’s county clerks, bold-faced names, lawmakers and others are delighting us here at the Secretary of State’s office with the creative ways they are decorating wooden U’s.

Secretary of State Wayne Williams is handing out the U’s as part of the UChooseCO campaign, which stresses to unaffiliated voters that they can’t vote both the Democratic and Republican ballots they will receive. They have to pick just one ballot. If they vote two, neither will count.

Every day between now and the June 26 primary we will highlight a U or two. Recipients were asked to consider their values when decorating or to just have fun. Some clerks highlighted their counties.

Chaffee County Clerk Lori Mitchell said the U represents all dozen 14’ers in the county; there are 58 statewide.
Radio host Steffan Tubbs’ U reflects his work with veterans.

Anchors A-Wayne! Secretary Williams finishes naval submarine chapter

The USS Colorado officially joined the fleet today in a ceremony in Connecticut attended by Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and other Coloradans.

Four years ago, Colorado’s new secretary of state, Wayne Williams, headed to Rhode Island to participate in a ceremony marking the official start of construction on the USS Colorado.

On Saturday the submarine officially joined the U.S. fleet in a ceremony attended by Williams, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, the state’s two U.S. senators, Democrat Michael Bennet and Republican Cory Gardner, Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers and others.

Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers and his wife Janet, and Colorado Secretary of State Wayne of Colorado Springs at today’s naval ceremony in Connecticut.

“It’s exciting to know that Colorado’s name and our values will be carried around the world by such a magnificent submarine,” Williams said.

Sen. Bennet shared that sentiment.

“For decades, people will see her come and go and say ‘There goes the Colorado.’ And I think that’s wonderful,” he told The Denver Post.

Colorado Politics posted a video of the event with a story that began “Colorado has its Broncos, its Rocky Mountains and its Olympic stars. Saturday morning it officially added a $2.7 billion nuclear attack submarine.”

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Steffan Tubbs to host fundraiser Wednesday to support vets film

Journalist and author Steffan Tubbs.
Journalist and author Steffan Tubbs.

Journalist Steffan Tubbs is at it again with another film about veterans, this time on PTSD or post traumatic stress disorder.

“ACRONYM: The Cross-Generational Battle With PTSD” takes a look at veterans from every war since World War II and the common bond they share: the demons of war.

Steffan Tubbs is hosting a fundraiser Wednesday night.
Steffan Tubbs is hosting a fundraiser Wednesday night.

Tubbs, co-host of 850 KOA’s morning show, is hosting a wine, chocolate and art fundraiser from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in Cherry Creek to help raise money to offset the production costs of ACRONYM.  Tickets for the fundraiser are $40 per person and $75 for couples. The event is being held at Fascination St. Fine Art, 315 Detroit St.

Tubb’s first film, “Life, Liberty & Resilience,” explored how the grandson of a slave overcame extremism racism and joined the segregated U.S.  Navy, shipping out to Iwo Jima in 1945 and eventually ending up in Denver. Tubbs also wrote a book by the same name.

ACRONYM will be comprised of four basic sections, according to Mountain Time Media. Here’s what it says on its website about the film:

1)  We will introduce the viewer to each veteran, hear their background stories and learn about the events that have led to their diagnosis;

2)  We’ll learn from doctors, psychiatrists and other leading experts what happens within the brain that causes PTSD and triggers PTSD symptoms;

3)  The documentary will also present different treatment options, both traditional methods and promising non-traditional techniques; and

4)  Finally, we will bring these warriors together for the first time and hear, in group discussions, their triumphs and struggles, heartbreak and sacrifice.

The film will debut on Veterans Day.

 

Secretary Wayne Williams shows how easy it is to register to vote in Colorado

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, Denver Clerk and Recorder Debra Johnson and Secretary of State Wayne Williams celebrate National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday. (Lynn Bartels)
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, Denver Clerk and Recorder Debra Johnson and Secretary of State Wayne Williams celebrate National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday. (Lynn Bartels)

Hats off to Secretary of State Wayne Williams, who spent a chunk of Tuesday talking about why voting matters and how easy it is to register to vote in Colorado, and then topped it off by starring in a voter-video set to  “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae).”

Tuesday was National Voter Registration Day, where the importance of voting was stressed at events throughout the country.

When Williams served as El Paso County clerk and recorder, two school board races in 2013 were decided by a single vote, he said at various events.

Williams left his Colorado Springs house early Tuesday to arrive at CBS Denver at 6:15 a.m. He capped off the day at the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library in historic Five Points where a voter-registration event was hosted by Black Women for Positive Change, an international group. The chairman of the Colorado chapter is Patricia Duncan, whose late sister, Secretary of State Vikki Buckley, died in office in 1999.

“Colorado makes it extraordinarily easy to vote,” Williams said, asking library participants to get out their smart phones.

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