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Lynn BartelsLynn BartelsJuly 11, 20167min960

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams crossed paths with Republican Bill Armstrong and Democrat Howard Gelt, political icons who died last week. Armstrong died July 5, Gelt July 8. Colorado mourned the deaths of both men, who made such an impact on the state. (Check out the Secretary of State blog for separate stories on Armstrong, the guy who went from saying “no” to maybe, and Gelt, an unsung force.) What Williams had to say about each man: HOWARD GELT: In late 1996, I contemplated running for El Paso County Republican Party chairman. Howard was the former state chairman for the Colorado Democrats, but I knew he understood law and politics and he was in the Denver office of my law firm — Sherman & Howard. So I approached Howard about the possibility of my running for county chairman.