All about U and Colorado’s counties

A Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat action figure hoists a wooden U decorated by Colorado Counties Inc. into the air.

You know when you ask Eric Bergman at Colorado Counties Inc. to decorate a wooden U you won’t be disappointed.

The artwork on the U is courtesy of CCI staffer Gini Pingenot’s son, Lowen, while Bergman, the official court jester of CCI and pretty much every agency he has ever worked for, was responsible for the World Wrestling action figure and the staging.

Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat was my favorite wrestler growing up,” Bergman said.

He also gave a shoutout to his CCI co-workers, texting “I ♥ them. ”

The CCI Foundation is currently holding its summer conference in Keystone.

Colorado Secretary of State Williams, a former El Paso County commissioner, dropped by the conference Monday but no word if he pulled one of The Dragon’s moves on anyone.

Colorado Counties Inc. staffers Allison Daley, Gini Pingenot, Brandy DeLange and Eric Bergman.

Williams is handing out the U’s as part of the office’s UChooseCO campaign, which stresses to unaffiliated voters that they will receive both the Democratic and Republican ballots in the mail for the June 26 primary but they have to pick just one ballot. If they vote two, neither will count.

The UChooseCO campaign has a web pageFacebook page, a Twitter account and its own hashtag, #UChooseCO.

At least every week day between now and the June 26 primary the Secretary of State’s office will highlight a wooden U or two. Check out more decorated U’s on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Montrose County’s U is plain & pretty

Montrose County Clerk Tressa Guynes and staffer Eloise Lentz, who decorated their wooden U.

So, the Montrose County clerk’s office came up with a novel way to decorate its U: leave the wooden U plain but go all out on the scene.

Flowers, skis, flags, rocks, trees and wildlife surround the wooden U.

Secretary of State Wayne Williams is handing out the U’s as part of the UChooseCO campaign, which stresses to unaffiliated voters that they will receive both the Democratic and Republican ballots for the June 26 primary, but they have to pick just one ballot. If they vote two, neither will count. Guynes, Mesa County Clerk Sheila Reiner and Delta County Clerk Teri Stephenson were at the kickoff for the UChooseCo campaign in Grand Junction in March.

At least every weekday between now and the primary, the Secretary of State’s office 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, including Gunyes, Logan County Clerk Pam Bacon, Chaffee County Clerk Lori Mitchell and Weld County Clerk Carly Koppes.

Check out more decorated U’s on Facebook and Twitter.

Upgrades & unaffiliated voters, southeastern Colorado style

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams met with Prowers County elected officials Wednesday, including the commission, sheriff and clerk. From left to right, Commissioners Ron Cook, Tom Grasmick and Wendy Buxton-Andrade, Sheriff Sam Zordel, Secretary Williams and Clerk Jana Coen. (SOS photo)

The word of the day in two southeastern county clerk and recorders’ offices is renovation, as the Otero County clerk is temporarily operating out of a former Montgomery Ward’s store and the Prowers County clerk endured a year of dust and drilling when a new heating and air conditioning system was installed in her courthouse.

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams visited the clerks Wednesday where besides talk of remodeling the conversation centered on unaffiliated voters receiving ballots for the primary election — a first in state history.

“We’re trying to figure out a process for the unaffiliated,” Prowers County Clerk Jana Coen said.

Voters in 2016 passed Proposition 108, which allows unaffiliated voters to participate without declaring to be a member of either party.

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