Candidate Profile
Wayne Williams

Republican , Colorado

Biography

Name
Wayne Williams
Party
Republican
Race
Secretary of State
Incumbent
Yes
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Panel Rating

Somewhat Conservative Information icon

Endorsements

Reported by Candidate

6
Bill Owens, Ken Buck, Doug Lamborn, Scott Tipton, Mike Coffman, Natalie Meyer, Scott Gessler, Gigi Dennis, Susan Barnes Gelt, Patrick Neville, Kevin Grantham, John Suthers, Chuck Broerman, Stan Martin, Wade Troxell, Kim Bonner, Nancy Cruz, Karen Garcia

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
6
Amy Stephens, Clarice Navarro-Ratzlaff, Doug Lamborn, Local, County, and District Republican Organizations, National Rifle Association, Thomas Tancredo
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
20
Amy Stephens, Bob Beauprez, Coloradans for Common Sense, Colorado Leadership Fund, Dan Nordberg, Doug Lamborn and 14 more

Summary

0%

LIBERAL

100%

CONSERVATIVE

Questionnaire

Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Strongly Agree

I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

No Answer

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

Strongly Agree

Governments should define marriage as between one man and one woman; no other definition of marriage should be legalized or supported with taxpayer or public funds.

No Answer

It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has a livable income.

Strongly Disagree

It is the government’s responsibility to be sure everyone has health insurance.

Strongly Disagree

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which permitted our system of limited government.

Strongly Agree

More restrictive gun control is needed to protect public safety.

Strongly Disagree

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

Strongly Agree

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

Agree

Any teaching to children on sex education in public schools must include all contraceptive methods, and should not show preference to abstinence.

Disagree

People should be able to vote without photo identification.

Disagree

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive funds from federal, state, or local governments.

Strongly Agree

Islamic law (Sharia) should take precedence over national and state laws where there are Islamic majority communities in the U. S.

Strongly Disagree

The state constitution should limit the growth of spending to the rate of population growth plus the rate of inflation.

Strongly Agree

Congress should pass a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

Strongly Agree

People should be allowed to use public restrooms, showers, and changing rooms based on "gender identity."

Disagree

I support sanctuary cities.

Disagree

I support the death penalty.

Agree

Tuition-free public education should be guaranteed through college.

Strongly Disagree

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

Strongly Agree

Parents should be the primary authority in decisions affecting their minor children.

Strongly Agree

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.

No Answer

I voted in these primaries and general elections:

2010 General Election, 2010 Republican Primary, 2012 General Election, 2012 Republican Primary, 2014 General Election, 2014 Republican Primary, 2016 General Election, 2016 Republican Primary

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

Rape, incest, life or serious health risk to mother.

What in the nature of mankind caused America’s Founders to carefully define, separate, and limit powers in the Constitution?

I believe the Constitution is divinely inspired. It is designed to balance competing interests and limit the power of government because the Founders realized that people have a tendency to seek power and frequently desire to impose their will on others.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

Jesus Christ is my Savior. His teachings guide my life.

When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?

Conservative

Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

As El Paso County Commissioner, cut taxes, reduced county workforce by 10%, sponsored Sanctity of Life Week Resolutions, opened county parks to concealed carry. As Colorado Secretary of State, secured elections and reduced filing fees. Our business renewal fee is the lowest in the nation.

What is the best way to bring down unemployment?

The best thing that any government can do to reduce unemployment is to create an environment that fosters job creation and then get out of the way of American employers and employees. As Colorado Secretary of State, I've made Colorado the easiest state to create a business entity and established the nation's lowest business renewal fee at $10. In my 3 1/2 years as Secretary of State, Coloradans have created more than a 100,000 new businesses, bringing the total to close to 700,000.

How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

This is outside the direct scope of the Secretary of State. With that said, consumers spend more on health care than ever before, and for millions, the costs are simply more than they can afford. The government's requirement that people purchase health insurance has resulted in reduced choice and skyrocketing premiums for many Coloradans. In addition to repealing the individual mandate, the government should expand consumer choice by permitting cross-state purchases of insurance and making individually purchased insurance deductible.

What role should government play in boosting the economy?

As with question 30, Government's primary role should be fostering a tax and regulatory environment that permits and incentivizes individuals and businesses to pursue their dreams. I've done just this as Colorado Secretary of State by making it easy and inexpensive (cheapest in the nation), and providing common sense solutions like free and immediately available Certificates of Good Standing. See also: https://bartels-on.sos.state.co.us/index.php/2018/04/07/secretary-williams-champions-small-business-ventures-for-veterans/#more-11210 and https://bartels-on.sos.state.co.us/index.php/2018/02/02/secretary-wayne-williams-we-make-it-easy-to-do-business-in-colorado/.

What education or experience qualifies you to hold the office for which you seek election?

Only Secretary of State in Colorado history who is a Certified Elections/Registration Administration (https://www.electioncenter.org/certified-elections-registration-administrator.html). Former Canvass Board Member and elected Clerk and Recorder.

E-mail address and phone number for voters to reach you:

wayne@winwithwayne.org; 720-724-8150

Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

Colorado is the safest state in America to vote. We have the highest percentage of registered voters in America. See: https://www.denverpost.com/2018/05/10/colorado-voting-security/ and http://gazette.com/editorial-wayne-williams-leads-countrys-fairest-election-system/article/1625872#cxrecs_s.


Background

Education
  • University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, VA, JD, 1989
  • Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, BA, 1986
  • Election Center, Katy, TX, CERA, 2014
Work & Military
  • National Association of Secretaries of State, Executive Committee, 2015-19
  • Colorado State Transportation Advisory Committee, Vice Chairman, 2005-14
  • Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments, Chairman, 2003-11
  • Law Offices of Wayne Williams, Business Owner, 1998-2018
Affiliations
  • El Paso County Clerk & Recorder, Special Counsel, Canvass Board Member
  • Colorado Springs Housing Authority, Chairman
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Sunday School Teacher, Missionary, Bishopric
  • Pikes Peak Community Action Agency, Board Member
  • Boy Scouts of America, Troop Committee Chairman
  • Pikes Peak RTA, Chairman
  • Gov. Bill Ritter (D)'s Blue Ribbon Panel, Transportation Advisory Comm. Member
Offices
  • El Paso County Clerk & Recorder, Held 2011-15
  • El Paso County Commissioner, Held 2003-11
  • None
 

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