On the road again: Secretary Wayne Williams swings through Colorado

Board of Education member Joyce Rankin from the 3rd Congressional District and Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams have some fun Friday night posing in front of Lockheed Martin's photo screen at Club 20's steak fry in Grand Junction. (Joe Rice, Lockheed Martin)
Board of Education member Joyce Rankin from the 3rd Congressional District and Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams have some fun Friday night posing in front of Lockheed Martin’s photo screen at Club 20’s steak fry in Grand Junction. (Joe Rice, Lockheed Martin)

Friday was a long day for Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, who attended a court hearing in  Denver in the morning, met with two county clerks on the Western Slope in the afternoon and then attended Club 20’s steak fry at its fall meeting in Grand Junction that night.

Next week Williams heads to the San Luis Valley for the southern region’s county clerks fall conference in Alamosa. On Thursday he was in Limon for the fall conference of the eastern region’s county clerks.

Williams, who took office in January, has been traveling the state meeting with clerks, including some who were elected last year and who will be conducting their first election on Nov. 3. He said it’s one of the best parts of his job.

Williams, the former El Paso County clerk and recorder, left his Colorado Springs home early  Friday to attend an 8:30 a.m. hearing in Denver County Court.  Judge A. Bruce Jones heard oral arguments in a lawsuit against the secretary of state brought by the National Federation of Independent Business. The state’s largest-small business association argues that the money businesses pay to the secretary of state for filing filings are being inappropriately diverted to cover the costs of regulating elections and other activities.

The judge is expected to make a ruling within two months if the money is a fee or a tax.

The secretary also was lucky enough to see Colorado’s stunning fall colors when he traveled to Routt County to meet with Clerk and Recorder Kim Bonner, and Rio Blanco County to see Clerk and Recorder Boots Campbell.

Then it was on to Grand Junction. Club 20 is an influential Western Slope civil and  political group,  which holds its fall meeting the weekend after Labor Day.  Among the scheduled speakers at Saturday’s events are U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton and Henry Sobanet, Gov. John Hickenlooper’s budget director.

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and Routt County Clerk Kim Bonner visit Friday in Steamboat Springs.
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and Routt County Clerk and Recorder Kim Bonner visit Friday in Steamboat Springs.
 Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and Rio Blanco County Clerk and Recorder Boots Campbell visit Friday in Meeker.
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and Rio Blanco County Clerk and Recorder Boots Campbell visit Friday in Meeker.