El Paso Clerk Williams launches Secretary of State bid

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El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Wayne Williams filed paperwork Tuesday to run for Colorado Secretary of State.

DENVER — El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Wayne Williams, a Republican, filed paperwork Tuesday to run for Colorado Secretary of State.

Williams, whose office oversaw a chaotic and controversial recall election in Colorado Springs last month, is currently the only Republican seeking to replace Scott Gessler, who is one of four candidates seeking the GOP’s nomination for governor next year.

Two Democrats, University of Colorado Regent Joe Neguse and former Senate Majority Leader Ken Gordon, have filed paperwork in that race as well.

Williams also launched a new campaign website, winwithwayne.org.

Earlier this year, he firmly opposed the Democratic bill that overhauled the state’s election law, allowing for same-day voter registration and shifting all 64 county clerks to one electronic database that can track voter information in real time.

The Colorado Association of County Clerks, a group that included Democrats and Republicans, backed the bill, which was signed into law and first tested during the September recall election of outgoing Senate President John Morse, D-Colorado Springs, that Williams oversaw.

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