Wayne Williams: Colorado secretary of state and good Samaritan

Secretary of State Wayne Williams aids a driver stuck near the Capitol on Wednesday.
Secretary of State Wayne Williams aids a driver stuck near the Capitol on Wednesday.

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams jumped into action this week when a snowstorm hit the state, paralyzing traffic and canceling hundreds of flights.

Williams attended an election seminar in Aspen on Monday with other secretaries of state.

When flights out of Aspen were canceled, Williams played chauffer, making sure  three conference participants got to Denver International Airport. Williams braved a challenging commute on Interstate 70 on Tuesday to drop off Wyoming Secretary of State Ed Murray and former Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson at Denver International Airport.

A third secretary of state, Kim Wyman of Washington, spent the night at Williams’ home in Colorado Springs. He then got up in the wee hours to take her to DIA for her flight early Wednesday. She texted him from her seat in the plane at 7:54 a.m.

“Thanks so much for the VIP service last night and this morning! Tell Holly I enjoyed meeting her and appreciated staying in her VERY NEAT AND TIDY home. :-)” she wrote.

Williams later that morning appeared before the Joint Technology Committee at the state Capitol. When he crossed Colfax Avenue to get to his office at 1700 Broadway, he found a driver unable to get out of a snow pile to pull away from the curb. Williams helped push the car free.

“Our mission is to help people and apparently that includes talking people to the airport and pushing them out of a snowbank,” he said, with a laugh.