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.
Peruvian Marita Gutilla finally gets to call herself an American.
The 31-year-old was one of 56 people from 29 countries — ranging from Nepal to France to Mexico — who officially became citizens of the United States during a naturalization ceremony Wednesday in Centennial.
Citizenship caries many rights as well as responsibilities, which the new Americans said they looking forward to.
“I get all the privileges everyone else has,” said Yulia Aleksandrovna Penny, a 33-year-old Russian native who lives in Highlands Ranch. “I get the right to vote!”
Lewis died last week of an enlarged heart. He died on his 8th birthday.
Donovan on Sunday sent a letter to her “Capitol friends” informing them of Lewis’ death. Condolences poured in.
“I am so sad to hear of little Lewis’ passing,” lobbyist Benjamin Waters wrote on his Facebook page. “Sen. Kerry Donovan from Vail kept this wonderful little pup in her office and whenever the days became contentious and long during the 2015 legislative session, this little guy made everyone feel better. RIP Lewis.”
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams today thanked the eight counties that served as “guinea pigs” and tested new equipment in the Nov. 3 election — equipment the state is considering selecting before the 2016 presidential election.
“I wanted to say ‘thank you’ to a lot of folks because this has not been an easy project,” Williams said.
“I wanted to say thank you to … all the clerks and their staffs who said, ‘Yes, we will be guinea pigs.’ And it was not an easy thing to say, ‘We’re running an election and we’re going to try out completely new stuff and we’re going to have all these people watching us,'” Williams said.
“It’s important fiscally for the counties that have to make these purchases that we make good selections. (The machines) don’t just serve us today, but serve us in the future as well.”
He also thanked his staff and members of the Pilot Election Review Committee prior to presentations from county clerks and their staffs. The county workers all made a pitch for the committee to recommend to the secretary to select the equipment they tested during the election, although they also discussed weakness they spotted and features that need to be improved.