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Joe Biden throws weight behind secretary of state hopeful Jena Griswold

Former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday endorsed Jena Griswold, the Democratic nominee for secretary of state,  saying the attorney “understands the importance of making sure every vote counts.”

“Now more than ever, we need leaders who are committed to protecting our democratic institutions and the integrity of our elections,” Biden said in a statement.

Griswold is hoping to deny Republican Wayne Williams a second term as the state’s top election officer.

“Jena will fight to stem the tide of dark money flooding Colorado elections, and she is committed to making sure that every Coloradan votes in free and fair elections,” Biden said. “Jena has the knowledge, experience, and backbone Coloradans need in this important office.”

President Obama endorses 13 Colorado Democrats in key races

DENVER – Former President Barack Obama on Wednesday endorsed 13 Colorado Democrats running for office this November, including those in the governor’s race, the attorney general contest and several state Senate and House races.

“Today I’m proud to endorse such a wide and impressive array of Democratic candidates – leaders as diverse, patriotic, and big-hearted as the America they’re running to represent,” Obama said in a series of tweetsannouncing the endorsements. “I’m confident that, together, they’ll strengthen this country we love by restoring opportunity, repairing out alliances and standing in the world, and upholding our fundamental commitment to justice, fairness, responsibility, and the rule of law. But first, they need our votes.”



Democratic challenger expands cash advantage over Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams

By JON MURRAY | | The Denver Post | PUBLISHED: January 17, 2018 at 9:09 am | UPDATED: January 17, 2018 at 2:57 pm

Griswold, a former voting rights attorney for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign who was a member of Gov. John Hickenlooper’s administration, hopes to seize on potential anti-Trump sentiment among Democratic and unaffiliated voters in the Nov. 6 election.

But Williams, a former El Paso County clerk and county commissioner, has pointed out that robust fundraising has only gotten recent Democratic candidates so far.

The last time Colorado voters elected a Democrat to lead the Secretary of State’s Office was nearly 60 years ago.

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Four Democratic gubernatorial candidates endorse Jena Griswold for Colorado secretary of state

Author: Ernest Luning - February 22, 2018 - Updated: February 22, 2018

Four of the leading Democrats running for governor of Colorado on Thursday threw their support behind Jena Griswold in her bid to unseat Republican Secretary of State Wayne Williams, her campaign announced

The 33-year-old attorney received endorsements from U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, former State Treasurer Cary Kennedy, former state Sen. Mike Johnston and businessman and civic leader Noel Ginsburg, four of the seven Democrats running in a primary to succeed term-limited Gov. John Hickenlooper.

“It is clear that now more than ever we need to protect the integrity of our elections,” Kennedy said in a statement. “Jena has the experience, vision, and energy needed to safeguard our democracy, and I am proud to support her campaign for Colorado secretary of state.”

U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette endorses Democrat Jena Griswold for secretary of state

Author: Ernest Luning - February 5, 2018 - Updated: February 7, 2018

U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette and her husband, attorney Lino Lipinsky, on Monday endorsed Democrat Jena Griswold in her campaign for Colorado secretary of state.

“Jena Griswold has the experience and tenacity to safeguard our democracy while making a mark as Colorado’s next secretary of state. Jena will be the first Democratic woman in Colorado’s history to hold that office,” DeGette said in a statement. “I’m proud to announce my support of Jena Griswold in breaking that glass ceiling, trust that she will effectively execute on the needs of Coloradans and endorse her candidacy for Colorado’s secretary of state.”

Colorado Democrat blasts Donald Trump’s voter-fraud commission in joining secretary of state race

By JOHN FRANK | | The Denver Post

PUBLISHED: July 12, 2017 at 10:12 am | UPDATED: July 12, 2017 at 1:36 pm

A Democratic candidate for the state’s top elections job is calling Donald Trump’s voter fraud panel “a sham commission” and blasting Secretary of State Wayne Williams for his “rash decision” to comply.

“We need to call the commission what it is and be very careful about how we are dealing with the commission,” said Jena Griswold, a former voting rights attorney for the Obama campaign and member of Gov. John Hickenlooper’s administration.

Griswold, a 32-year-old from Louisville, filed paperwork Wednesday to challenge the Republican incumbent in the 2018 election.

In an interview before her announcement, Griswold pointed to the hundreds of Colorado residents who are canceling their voter registrations after Trump’s Commission on Election Integrity began requesting the information as evidence Williams moved too quickly.

Colorado Congressman Ed Perlmutter endorses Jena Griswold for Secretary of State

Author: Colorado Politics - November 29, 2017 - Updated: November 29, 2017

Congressman Ed Perlmutter Tuesday announced his endorsement of Jena Griswold for Colorado Secretary of State.

“I’m honored to support Jena Griswold for Colorado Secretary of State,” Perlumutter said. “I know Jena will move our state forward by standing up to Donald Trump and his Administration’s voter suppression antics. Jena will work hard to increase voter participation, increase campaign finance transparency and secure our elections from foreign interference. I look forward to working with Jena on behalf of all Coloradans.”

Perlmutter has represented Colorado’s Seventh Congressional District since 2007 and has been a vocal opponent of Donald Trump’s Commission on Election Integrity, as has Griswold.  Earlier this year, Perlmutter lambasted the commission for requesting for information on every voter in the country.

EMILY’s List endorses Democrat Jena Griswold in Colorado secretary of state race

Author: Ernest Luning - October 23, 2017 - Updated: October 24, 2017

EMILY’s List, a national organization that supports pro-choice, Democratic women candidates, on Monday endorsed Jena Griswold for Colorado secretary of state, saying the 32-year-old attorney “will do what needs to be done to stand up to Donald Trump.”

The group announced a month ago that Secretary of State Wayne Williams, the Republican incumbent, was among its top targets for defeat in next year’s election.

Griswold is one of four secretary of state candidates EMILY’s List endorsed Monday as part of an initiative to elect women to positions where they’ll have a say in redistricting after the 2020 Census, a spokesman said. The others receiving the group’s nod are Kathleen Clyde in Ohio, Nellie Gorbea in Rhode Island and Maggie Toulouse Oliver in New Mexico.

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

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

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.”

Year of the woman: the Democrats inspired by Trump to run for office

Lauren Gambino in Washington @laurenegambino

Mon 4 Sep 2017 09.22 EDT

After the election, Jena Griswold watched in horror as Trump claimed – without any basis – that millions of people had voted illegally, costing him the popular vote. And then he convened an election integrity commission to prove it.

Griswold, a former voting rights lawyer for Obama’s 2012 campaign, decided she couldn’t stay on the sidelines.

“We saw firsthand how our election could be affected,” she said, referring to the conclusion by the intelligence community that Russia interfered in the US election, which Trump has repeatedly doubted.

“And now this commission should have us all on high alert. We need secretaries of state who will stand up and say: ‘No, we’re not going to roll back our democratic institutions on false allegations’.”

Several Obama alums are running for office in Colorado. Here’s how they are trying to continue his legacy and build their own.

By JESSE PAUL | | The Denver Post

PUBLISHED: October 8, 2017 at 6:55 am | UPDATED: October 8, 2017 at 9:00 am

Jena Griswold was an election monitor during Obama’s 2012 campaign. When the Trump administration started requesting voter information from across the nation as part of its Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, she was moved into seeking public office — a decision she said she wouldn’t have made without working for Obama.

“What we’re seeing now, we’re seeing attacks against women, against Latinos against Muslim-Americans against the judiciary, against democratic institutions,” said the first-time candidate who is running for Colorado secretary of state.

Wellington Webb endorses Democrat Jena Griswold in Colorado secretary of state race

Author: Ernest Luning - October 9, 2017 - Updated: October 9, 2017

Former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb endorsed Democrat Jena Griswold for secretary of state on Friday.

Griswold is one of four Democrats running in a primary for the office held by Republican Wayne Williams, who is seeking a second term.

“I support Jena Griswold for secretary of state because I know she is committed to what all Coloradans value: accessible elections, transparency, and supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs,” Webb said in a statement.

Ken Salazar gets behind Democratic secretary of state candidate Jena Griswold

Author: Ernest Luning - August 11, 2017 - Updated: August 11, 2017

Democrat Jena Griswold, a candidate for Colorado secretary of state, has won the support of former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, her campaign announced Friday.

“Jena Griswold has the experience, enthusiasm, and bold vision we need in our Secretary of State,” Salazar said in a statement. “She will make our elections more secure, protect the right to vote and increase transparency of our political process. Jena has and will work relentlessly to make sure every eligible Coloradan can take part in our democracy, and we would be lucky to see her take on this vital role.”

Salazar, an attorney in private practice since leaving the Obama cabinet, also represented Colorado in the U.S. Senate and was twice elected as the state’s attorney general.

Griswold is one of three Democrats running for the office held by Republican Wayne Williams, who is seeking reelection.