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9:10 PM, Aug 17, 2010   |    comments
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The Republican candidate for governor was required by Colorado law to announce his lieutenant governor selection by the end of business on Tuesday, one week after the primary election.

Williams is an attorney who is currently serving on the state's Office of Judicial Performance which evaluates the state's judges.

"Intelligent. Insightful. Conservatively grounded. Experienced. Tambor Williams is the complete package - everything I was looking for in a lieutenant governor," Maes said at his news conference. "Her résumé speaks for itself. But it's not just the litany of appointments and positions that piqued my interest. It's the conversations we've had over the past week that absolutely convinced me she's the right woman for the job."

"Dan Maes has given voters an opportunity to say 'enough.' Enough of driving businesses out of the state, enough of playing games with the budget to protect special interests, and enough of elected officials who ignore the voters and avoid the difficult choices. On November 2, we have the opportunity to make Colorado a great place for families and businesses once again by electing Dan Maes," Williams said.

She was elected to the State House from Greeley in 1996 and was re-elected three times, serving there until 2004 before being selected by then-Gov. Bill Owens (R-Colorado) to oversee the regulation of nearly half-a-million licensed professionals and business entities in the state at DORA.

"She understands and is committed to...protecting our citizens while streamlining regulatory processes," Owens said at the time of Williams, announcing her selection to the position.

During her time in the Legislature, Williams rose to the position of Speaker Pro Tem and chaired the House business affairs and legislative audit committees. The Denver Business Journal has previously reported her legal practice has focused on domestic law, estate planning and contracts.

"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. 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. I love her intelligence, I love her enthusiasm, I love her commitment to hard work, and I love that she's joining this ticket to help reenergize Colorado's economy as my lieutenant governor," Maes said.

Maes, an Evergreen businessman, who defeated former Congressman Scott McInnis in last week's Republican primary, has regularly stressed the need for finding government efficiencies to help balance the state budget. The first-time candidate interviewed possible running mates for the position over the weekend, according to his spokesman, Nate Strauch.

Democratic candidate John Hickenlooper selected Colorado State University-Pueblo President Joe Garcia, who coincidentally also ran DORA under former Gov. Roy Romer, as his running mate.

"The candidate slates are complete with the selection of Tambor Williams as the Republican Lt. Governor candidate. Joe Garcia, Hickenlooper's choice for Lt. Governor, is getting rave reviews - even from Republicans. Now we are ready to educate the people of Colorado about their choices," Pat Waak, head of the Colorado Democratic Party, said in an e-mail to 9NEWS.

American Constitution Party candidate Tom Tancredo has Doug Campbell as his running mate. Campbell was chosen by the party members at their state convention.

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