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Democratic secretary of state candidate Jena Griswold lands backing from unions, elected officials

Author: Ernest Luning - January 8, 2018 - Updated: January 8, 2018

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Democrat Jena Griswold, a candidate for Colorado secretary of state. (Photo courtesy Jena Griswold campaign)

Jena Griswold, a Democratic candidate for Colorado secretary of state, announced Monday she’s won the endorsements of two local unions and more than a dozen current and former elected Democrats, including state lawmakers, city council members and county officials.

“Colorado needs a secretary of state who will protect all eligible voters’ right to vote and ensure our elections are free from foreign interference,” said Gary Arnold of UA Local 208 Pipefitters, a Denver-based union, in a statement. “Jena is the most qualified candidate to get this done, and the Denver Pipefitters Local 208 enthusiastically supports her.”

Griswold also received the support of the Aurora-based Plumbers Local Union 3.

The Aurora-based union’s business manager, Sean Wyatt, said it was endorsing Griswold because of her “vision for the Colorado secretary of state’s offfice that will help working and middle-class Coloradans.”

In addition, 20 prominent Democrats — including former first lady and one-time U.S. Senate nominee Dottie Lamm — are backing Griswold, one of two Democrats running for the office held by incumbent Republican Wayne Williams, who is seeking a second term. Activist Phillip Villard is also running for the nomination, which will be decided in a June 26 primary.

Her endorsers include: State Sen. Steve Fenberg; State Reps. Janet Buckner, Jessie Danielson, Chris Hansen, Dafna Michaelson Jenet and Dylan Roberts; former state Sens. Lois Tochtrop and Joyce Foster; former state Rep. Claire Levy; District Attorneys Stan Garnett and Jeff Chostner; State Board of Education Member Rebecca McClellan; Denver Councilor Robin Kniech; Boulder Councilor Aaron Brockett; Louisville Councilor Ashley Stolzmann; Adams County Commissioners Steve O’Dorisio and Eva Henry; Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle; and former Denver Public School Board candidate Tay Anderson.

“Jena Griswold is the most qualified candidate to protect our voting rights, our elections, and our democracy!” exclaimed Lamm in a statement. “And the extra benefit is that she will break one of our glass ceilings, when she becomes the first Democratic woman to be elected Colorado secretary of state. I fully support her!”

Griswold, who has already been endorsed by EMILY’s List, the national organization that supports Democratic women candidates who support abortion right, said she was honored to have the support of the unions and the elected officials.

“We are at a turning point in our democracy, and every eligible voter, whether Republican, Democrat, or independent, deserves to have their voices heard,” she said in a statement. “I am excited to continue to meet Coloradans across the state and discuss my vision for the office — increased transparency in politics and government, increased cybersecurity in our elections and increased voter participation in Colorado.”

Others who have earlier announced they’re behind Griswold include US. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb, former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Senate Minority Leader Lucia Guzman and House Majority Leader K.C. Becker.

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning is a political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has covered politics and government for newspapers and online news sites in Colorado for more than 25 years, including at the Highlands Ranch Herald, the Jefferson Sentinels chain of community newspapers and the Aurora Sentinel, where he was the city hall and cops reporter. After editing the Aurora Daily Sun, he was a political reporter and blogger for The Colorado Independent site. For nearly a decade, he was a senior political reporter and occasional editor at The Colorado Statesman before the 119-year-old publication merged with Colorado Politics in 2017.


One comment

  • Jeffrey

    January 9, 2018 at 9:14 am

    Why is Griswold getting such a disproportionate amount of coverage here?

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