Secretary Williams touts one-time rival, Joe Neguse, for cabinet post

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams presents his one-time campaign rival, Joe Neguse, for confirmation as head of the Department of Regulatory Agencies before a Senate committee Wednesday.
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams presents his one-time campaign rival, Joe Neguse, for confirmation as head of the Department of Regulatory Agencies before a Senate committee Wednesday.

They campaigned against each other for secretary of state, but on Wednesday Republican Wayne Williams and Democrat Joe Neguse sat side by side in a Senate confirmation hearing, praising each other.

Williams, who beat Neguse by 2.2 percentage points, took office in January 2015. Gov. John Hickenlooper last spring appointed Neguse to head the Department of Regulatory Agencies, better known as DORA. The post requires Senate confirmation, which is why Neguse appeared before the state Senate Business, Labor and Technology Committee.

Neguse sailed through the hearing after Williams and members of the Republican-controlled committee praised his performance. Neguse’s confirmation now goes before the full Senate where it has been deemed such a sure thing it was put on what is called the consent calendar, where all 35 senators are expected to be “yes” votes.

“Politics often sounds nasty,” Williams said, referring to the recent Iowa caucus.

“And that’s a different level of dialogue than Americans and Coloradans really want and I am here as kind  of a testament that you can run a campaign without wallowing in the mud or engaging in rancor.  Joe and I had the opportunity to both run for secretary of state for more than a year and as we went across the state and showed up at different forums. There were some things we disagreed on but there were also a lot of things we agreed on. And we did throughout the campaign keep it civil.”

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Wayne Williams talks elections, SOS business with TV host Aaron Harber

Colorado Wayne Williams' tape interview with TV host Aaron Harber will air for three days, beginning Sunday.
Colorado Wayne Williams’ tape interview with TV host Aaron Harber will air for three days, beginning Sunday.

At last, Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams’ long-awaited interview with Aaron Harber is  available for viewing.

In the two-part program taped earlier, Williams talked about a range of topics, including his commute from Colorado Springs, the 2016 election and  how to check to see where nonprofits are spending their money.

He also talked about the ease of registering and obtaining documents online.

“We’re a big state,” Williams said. “We want people, whether you’re from Cortez or Sterling, to be able to access the information we have here without coming into Denver.”

Williams’ appearance on The Aaron Harber Show will air three days, starting Sunday and continuing on Monday and Tuesday. The times and stations are available in the informational graphic on this page.

The shows also are immediately available online at http://HarberTV.com/Williams.

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