Rep. Cory Gardner
Williams: Will he soon be leaving his county office?
and El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Wayne Williams
, both Republicans, have been endorsed in their races by the political action committee of the Regional Business Alliance
Gardner is trying to unseat incumbent Mark Udall
, a Democrat, in the Senate, and Williams is running for Secretary of State against Democrat Joe Neguse
. The seat is open because Scott Gessler
tried a run for governor earlier but dropped out. (Disclosure: The Independent
also has endorsed Williams.)
It's no big surprise the RBA would back two Republicans, but the endorsements come a little late, considering voting has been under way for a few weeks and ends next Tuesday.
The announcements said, in part, that Gardner has supported this region in "securing federal aid for dealing with flood mitigation needs and ... in finding an equitable resolution to the issues surrounding Pinon Canyon [Maneuver Site, used by Fort Carson] and therefore bringing an end to harmful annual federal legislation."
"We believe that Cory Gardner will bring the kind of influence we will need to navigate through these critical federal budget times," the endorsement says.
About Williams, the RBA said:
In his current role as Clerk and Recorder for El Paso County, Wayne has earned a reputation for running clean elections that protect the integrity of each vote, the underpinning of our form of government. His reputation is so strong that Wayne was asked by elected officials from the other party to oversee elections in Saguache County when circumstances dictated the need to bring in outside expertise. In addition, Wayne has taken steps locally to maximize ease and access to voting for El Paso County residents while maintaining the integrity of the vote.
In the last City Council election, in 2013, only one on the RBA's list of five endorsees, Keith King, was elected. The RBA didn't endorse in the District 1 race, which resulted in Don Knight being elected.