Maes picks running mate

Dan Maes named a Greeley attorney and former state representative as his running mate in the Republican’s bid to be the next Colorado governor.

Maes named Tambor Williams as his lieutenant governor choice Tuesday, the last day gubernatorial candidates were required to name a running mate.

Williams, 69, served eight years in the Colorado House, 1997 to 2004, and later was executive director of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies under former Gov. Bill Owens.

Williams, an early supporter of Maes, is retired but has been practicing law on a part-time basis in the Greeley area since Owens left office. She donated $100 to Maes’ campaign in May, before he was hit with campaign-finance fines, while his GOP primary opponent, Scott McInnis, struggled with a plagiarism scandal.

“In Tambor Williams, I have a partner in this election who ran for office for the right reasons and stayed true to her conservative roots throughout her time in Denver,” Maes said in a statement. “To put it simply, Tambor Williams is an establishment conservative with tea party credentials. She will strengthen the weaknesses of my campaign without compromising its strengths.”

Williams earned her undergraduate degree at Queen’s College in Flushing, N.Y., her master’s degree in counseling at Western State College in Gunnison, and her law degree at the University of Colorado School of Law.

Meanwhile, former Republican congressman Tom Tancredo, who left the GOP to became the governor’s candidate for the American Constitution Party, named Doug “Dayhorse” Campbell as his running mate. Campbell was listed as the lieutenant governor running mate with ACP candidate Benjamin Goss before he dropped out to make room for Tancredo.

Earlier this month, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, named Colorado State University-Pueblo President Joe Garcia as his running mate.


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