Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams will be the first speaker at the City Club of Denver when it resumes its guest programs this month.
Williams will discuss the upcoming election, including the race for president and citizen-initiated ballot measures, as well as possible legislation in the 2017 legislative session. Afterward he will answer questions.
The event will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Brown Palace. Click here to register for the lunch.
The City Club of Denver formed in 1922 when a group of businessman began meeting to discuss civic affairs. Since then, women have joined in and the organization has become an “active and influential source of knowledge about issues affecting metropolitan Denver,” according to its website.
Because many issues have political implications, politicians are frequent presenters at City Club, including Denver’s mayor in the fall and the governor the first of the year.
“One issue that we are struggling with and is reflective of the larger environment is polarization in politics,” said June Twinam, president of the City Club of Denver. “CCD is non-partisan and has always tried to present a spectrum or balance of opinions. However, during the last few years, this has become very difficult to get political rivals to agree to appear together and/or on a panel together — even with a skilled moderator.”
She said one reason she is “personally interested” in Williams’ presentation is “his reputation for fairness in discharging his public duties despite his personal preferences.”