Coffman to visit with voters
Candidate for secretary of state in Steamboat today
If you go
What: A meet and greet with Republican secretary of state candidate Mike Coffman
Where: Old Town Pub, Sixth Street and Lincoln Avenue
When: 4:30 to 6 p.m. today
Steamboat Springs — After leaving military retirement last year to spend time in Iraq overseeing elections and government-building, state Treasurer Mike Coffman has his sights set on becoming Colorado’s top elections official.
Coffman, the Republican candidate for secretary of state, will meet with residents today at the Old Town Pub in downtown Steamboat.
Coffman’s military experience includes stints with the Army, the Army Reserve, the Marine Corps and the Marine Corps Reserve. He also was a business owner for 17 years.
Coffman’s experience ex-tends into the political arena. He served a decade in the state Legislature – six years in the House and four years in the Senate.
“As a Marine he has an impeccable record, and as the treasurer he’s done a great job,” said Jennifer Schubert-Akin, chairwoman of the Routt County Republicans.
Coffman left military retirement last year to serve in Iraq as a Marine Corps civil affairs officer. He helped organize and oversee elections, and helped Iraqis develop local governments.
“If you can go over to Iraq and oversee elections there and it comes off as successful as it did, we can trust him to run the election process here,” Schubert-Akin said.
Coffman’s campaign platform includes reducing filing fees for businesses for state-mandated reporting to reflect no more than the actual cost of delivering the service. He also wants to require voters to show photo IDs to prevent election fraud.
Coffman is running against Democrat Ken Gordon.
Schubert-Akin suggests that people come to the Old Town Pub after work to meet and ask Coffman questions.
“He’s a very interesting guy,” she said. “I encourage people to come out to meet someone who has served our country and wants to serve the state of Colorado.”
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