Republican Pam Anderson to challenge Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold

By: - October 25, 2021 12:28 pm

Beside boxes of ballots, ballot tabulators count votes using scanner and tabulation machines at the Jefferson County Elections building on Oct. 21, 2020. (Eli Imadali/Colorado Newsline)

Former Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder Pam Anderson has announced her candidacy for Colorado secretary of state, becoming the first well-known Republican to launch a bid to unseat Democrat Jena Griswold as the state’s top elections official.

In an announcement made during a live interview on conservative talk-radio station 710 KNUS on Oct. 23, Anderson faulted Griswold for what she called “political, hyper-partisan rhetoric” during her time in office.


“I think we need to restore trust for voters to our elections in Colorado … These elections need to be professional and nonpartisan, and that’s why I’m running,” Anderson told Republican commentator and former 18th Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler.

Anderson served two terms as Jefferson County clerk and recorder between 2007 and 2015, and previously served as clerk for the city of Wheat Ridge. After leaving office, she was the executive director of the Colorado County Clerks Association until November 2020.

In contrast to many other Republican candidates for statewide office in the 2022 election, Anderson expressly refuted the notion that the 2020 election was fraudulent in Colorado or in other states.

“No, I’ve seen no evidence for that,” Anderson told Brauchler. “We had the most secure elections, not only here in Colorado but across the country, last year.”


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Chase Woodruff
Chase Woodruff

Reporter Chase Woodruff covers the environment, the economy and other stories for Colorado Newsline.