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Publish Date: 10/17/2006

Elect Mike Coffman secretary of state

In November, voters will elect a new secretary of state, filling one of the state’s most important elected positions.

Every business owner, nonprofit, consumer and voter (whether they know it or not) relies on and works with the secretary of state.

The Secretary of State’s Office is the place of recordkeeping, rule compliance and security as it oversees elections, lobbyist rules and registrations, business registrations, many professional licenses, bingos and raffles, and nonprofit registrations and rules.

It’s an office that must be accessible and easy to navigate for all Coloradans.

Two good men who have served this state well and who have positive ideas hope to take the helm as secretary of state.

Experience, however, makes Republican Mike Coffman the man for the office. His opponent is Democrat Ken Gordon.

Coffman has served in the Colorado House of Representatives and in the state Senate. He took leave during his tenure in the House to serve in the Persian Gulf, as he has been a military man throughout his life.

Most importantly, though, is his successful service as one of Colorado’s most recent state treasurers. He again took leave to serve in Iraq before returning this year to run for office.

As the state’s cash manager, Coffman led a department similar to that which he now seeks.

Both Coffman and Gordon share concerns about the implementation of new voting equipment and promise to push forward with fair, complete and safe elections.

Coffman, perhaps, is more critical of the system than county clerks and voters are, but his dedication to review is important. And his financial background will be key as the state moves forward with any changes.

His eye on the bottom line also bodes well with regard to fees. He has promised to review all secretary of state fees to make sure they are not a profit center, but just cover the costs they are meant to recoup. That should mean savings for businesses.

Gordon has shown great commitment to voters and safe elections during his tenure in the statehouse. Bills such as making laws easy to understand and requiring a paper trail for electronic votes make voting and lawmaking more accessible to everyone. And that is appreciated.

Gordon, a lawyer, has served as minority leader in the House and Senate judiciary chair and currently serves as Senate majority leader.

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