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Rachael WrightRachael WrightApril 13, 201711min288

Twenty Years Ago This Week in the Colorado Statesman … When she was elected in 1994, Secretary of State Vikki Buckley became the first African-American woman to be elected in statewide office in Colorado. She spent 22 years working her way up through the ranks of the secretary of state’s office, and eventually became second in command of the elections division.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningJuly 7, 201612min292

Twenty Years Ago this week in The Colorado Statesman … Former Gov. Dick Lamm was remaining a Democrat — for the time being — but would be working hard to help Ross Perot’s Reform Party get its presidential candidate on the ballot in Colorado, and Lamm might be that candidate. “I think it’s really important that we get a third choice on the ballot,” he said.


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Lynn BartelsLynn BartelsJune 30, 20167min489

When Kathy Packer started working at the age of 18, Dick Lamm was governor of Colorado, Federico Peña was mayor of Denver and Secretary of State Natalie Meyer was her boss. “Natalie was a very classy, professional lady, always very poised and put together,” Packer recalled. Packer would go on to work for seven more secretaries of state, including the current officeholder, Wayne Williams, before deciding to call it quits. Her last day was today, June 30. Her co-workers held a party to celebrate her 31½-year-career in state government, all at the Secretary of State’s office.