Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams wowed them at the Greeley Centennial Rotary club meeting — and that’s according to the guy who use to have “fun arguments” with Williams over transportation.
Greeley Mayor Tom Norton invited Williams to speak at the club’s meeting last Thursday.
Norton ran the Colorado Department of Transportation under former Gov. Bill Owens. Williams got plenty of transportation experience during his two terms as an El Paso County commissioner. He served on the Colorado State Transportation Advisory Committee, and chaired the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority.
“I joke I was head of CDOT as a punishment from Bill Owens,” Norton said at the Rotary meeting. The two served together in the state Senate, where Norton was Senate president.
As for Williams, Norton said, “We’ve had some fun arguments over transportation.”
The kids who came to the Colorado Secretary of State’s office for Take Your Child Day made their choices for president known: eight votes for Hillary Clinton and four for Ted Cruz.
In addition to participating in a mock primary and general election, the children — ranging in ages from 17 to 7 — enjoyed a pancake breakfast, a visit with Secretary of State Wayne Williams and a tour of the state Capitol this morning.
Williams, who has four children, easily chatted with the youngsters.
For the elections, the children watched videos of the candidates and made their choices known in their primary.
Clinton beat Bernie Sanders seven votes to five votes. Cruz took first place with five votes in the GOP primary, while John Kasich received four votes and Trump three. Then it was on to the general election.
Afterward, 8-year-old-old Will Polk, the stepson of staffer Melissa Polk in elections, had a question for elections director Judd Choate.
“Do our votes count?” he wanted to know.
“He was very disappointed when I said, ‘No,'” Choate relayed, adding he told the children they could register to vote when they were 16 and vote at age 18.
Rich Schliep said his son Tyler, 13, enjoyed learning about “signature verification.”
On a personal note, I brought my niece Polly, who turned 10 today, and nephew Max, 11. On the drive in, I told them my boss was 6-feet-4.
“Is he scary?” Max wanted to know.
“No, he’s really nice,” said Polly, who has met Williams before.
Here are the children who are in the photograph with Secretary Williams:
Back row: Namira and Abbas Jr., children of Abbas Montoya; Williams; and Tyler Schliep, son of Rich Schliep.
Secondish row, the three to the left: Max and Polly Bungum, nephew and niece of Lynn Bartels; and Lily Bryant, daughter of Albert Bryant.
First row: Ali Mikeworth, daughter of Kathryn Mikeworth; Ethan and Cassidy Fletcher, grandchildren of Lynn Waring; Jackie Choate, daughter of Judd Choate; Will Polk, stepson of Melissa Polk; and twins Hailey and Brooke Schliep.
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams outlined his legislative agenda, explained why he supports a presidential primary bill and discussed the selection of Dominion as the state’s new voting vendor when he spoke this week to the Colorado Social Legislation Committee.
Williams said he was warned before the 2016 session it would be difficult to get bills through a divided legislature in an election year. But so far things have gone well, he said, and one measure last week passed the Democratic-controlled House 65-0 and the Republican-controlled Senate 34-0.
“We’ve actually got some things done that needed to get done,” he said.