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Secretary of State

Ken Gordon

Candidate photoAge: 56

Party: Democrat

Education: Bachelor’s degree, economics and political science, University of Michigan; law degree, Boston University

Occupation: Attorney; former public defender

Civic experience: Colorado House of Representatives, 1992-2000
State Senate, 2001-present, current Senate majority leader
Colorado Environmental Coalition board, 1998-2000
Colorado Bar Association member, 1976-93
Colorado Trial Lawyer Association member
Rocky Mountain Forum executive director, 1983-85

Personal: Divorced; two children, Benjamin and Windy

Website: www.kengordon.com

Mike Coffman

Candidate photoAge: 51

Party: Republican

Education: Bachelor's degree, political science, University of Colorado

Occupation: Colorado's state treasurer, former small business entrepreneur

Civic experience: Civil officer, U.S. Marine Corps, 2005-2006
Major, U.S. Marine Corps,1979-1982, 1994
U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, 1983-1994
U.S. Army, 1972-1974
U.S. Army Reserves, 1975-1978
State House of Representatives, 1989-1994
State Senate, 1995-1998
Colorado’s 40th State Treasurer, 1999-present.

Personal: Wife Cynthia

Website: www.coffman.org

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Coffman, Gordon run for Secretary of State
DENVER — Two legislative veterans are vying for votes to be Colorado’s next secretary of state, and it appears the winner will use that post to lobby lawmakers to address voting, election and campaign-finance issues.
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Candidates share gift-giving views
DENVER — Secretary of State candidates Mike Coffman and Ken Gordon both say they support a ballot initiative that proposes new standards of conduct for government officeholders and employees.
The two major-party candidates for attorney general, however, express reservations about the measure.

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VanWie out of race for state post
DENVER — Rick VanWie, the Green Party candidate for secretary of state, has dropped his bid for that office and is encouraging Coloradans to elect Democrat Ken Gordon to the post.
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Hopefuls debate initiative process
DENVER — It should be harder for Coloradans to use the ballot box to change their state Constitution than it is for them to initiate new state laws, two of the three candidates for secretary of state said Tuesday.
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Candidates not in favor of campaign-finance rules
DENVER — The two major-party candidates for secretary of state — Republican Mike Coffman and Democrat Ken Gordon — both suggested Wednesday that enforcement of controversial new campaign-finance rules should be postponed.
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