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A couple of laurels for Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams

Author: Dan Njegomir - February 21, 2018 - Updated: February 21, 2018

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Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, left, with U.S. Homeland Security Director Kirstjen M. Nielsen and other security officials. (Secretary of State’s Office photo)

… OK, one of them is more like a smooth move: luring the 2020 National Association of Secretaries of State summer conference to Colorado. Specifically, to Williams’s hometown, Colorado Springs (at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort, to be exact).

A press release from Williams’s office elaborated on his efforts to bring the July happening (specific dates TBA) to the Pikes Peak region:

In pushing for Colorado Springs’ selection, Secretary Williams touted its natural wonders, including Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak. He also pointed to its man-made attractions, such as the Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel and U.S. Olympic Museum.

Now for the other honor — here’s another announcement from Williams’s office:

For the fourth time in five years, the Colorado Secretary of State’s office has been named a finalist for an award that recognizes innovation, excellence and achievement in public programs.

Colorado’s entry this year involves the office’s efforts concerning cybersecurity, the topic that dominated the National Association of Secretaries of State’s winter conference, which ended Monday in Washington, D.C.

The association announced this week that Colorado along with California, Indiana and Wyoming are the finalists for this year’s IDEAS innovation award. Said Williams:

“I’m honored that our peers recognize Colorado’s leadership on cybersecurity … Our staff leads the nation in election security innovation. We have found secure ways to make it easy to vote — even for deployed military in the most remote places — while also making it difficult to cheat. It’s not a simple fix. Rather, we’ve delivered a comprehensive suite of solutions that have garnered national attention and praise.”

Williams is on the association’s executive committee and met last week in Washington with U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen.

Dan Njegomir

Dan Njegomir

Dan Njegomir is the opinion editor for Colorado Politics. A longtime journalist and more-than-25-year veteran of the Colorado political scene, Njegomir has been an award-winning newspaper reporter, an editorial page editor, a senior legislative staffer at the State Capitol and a political consultant.