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Wednesday, May 27, 2020 4:40 AM

Dave Paul Endorses Dan Williams for Teller County Commissioner

 

Former Teller County Commissioner Dave Paul announced his endorsement of Dan Williams to serve Teller County as its next Commissioner for District 1, which can be read in its entirety at the link below:

 

Dave_Paul_Endorses_Dan_Williams_for_Teller_County_Commissioner.pdf

 

Highlights of Mr Paul's endorsement include:

"Clearly in this for the preservation and protection of our community, not to advance personal agendas.  [His] opponent seems to have little more to offer than the agendas of boisterous, but few, supporters, and an obscene number of signs littering our roadsides."

"In the field of this race, [Dan] alone understands the job, followed the rules, and is prepared and committed to serving his friends and neighbors with dignity and intelligence."

As with every endorsement he received, Dan humbly accepted Mr Paul's words.  

"Thank you Dave.  You clearly understand the complexity of this job, and have reflected the desires of our independent, liberty-minded citizenry.  You are correct.  There is no other agenda more important than that of our residents."

 


Wednesday, May 27, 2020 4:23 AM

Dan Williams' Memorial Day Tribute 2020

 

 

Thank you to the Servicemembers who sacrificed

and those who made the ultimate sacrifice

so our country will endure

and so we may continue to live free.

 

"When you see the American Flag, give it the respect and dignity it deserves."

--Dan Williams


Wednesday, May 20, 2020 4:09 AM

Dan Williams' Statement on Economic Recovery in Teller County

I spent about 6 hours speaking with business owners in Woodland Park on Saturday. Enjoyed spending time with Murph at the Ute for the first part of the day and supporting his efforts and that of others. Our business owners privately shared their concerns, fears and hopes with me and their recommendations for our economic recovery. I also spoke with several members of the Woodland Park Council who were there on Saturday. One theme stands out from all of these conversations...and that is our cities, our county and our collective community must stand together. Our economic recovery will only be possible working together. We must stay united and not let anyone try and divide our community at this very critical time.

Economic recovery will be hard work and will require us to stand shoulder to shoulder - citizens, business owners and our local governments. I cautioned folks not to succumb to populist messages offering quick solutions when folks are running for office. I have spent the last 6 weeks with the COVID-19 Crisis Response Force, long days and hours, and have spent weekends and evenings speaking with residents all over our county. I have not and will not use the pain of Teller County residents for short term political gain.

Some of you have asked me why I have not posted my private conversations with business owners on my website or on Facebook or why I have not posed for quick publicity pictures and a few talking points for my campaign as my opponent has...I have not because your pain and situation is very real and many of you have it all on the line right now. More than a few of you have teared up telling me your story...as I have I listening...and I respect you, your dignity and your situation…folks...our business owners deserve our support and respect and should not be used selfishly as part of a political campaign for anyone running for office.

For the dozens of you who shared part of your day with me, sharing your concerns and ideas for the future...you know who you are and I stand with you. For those at the Farmers Market, at the Rally, at the Ute and on Thursday at Russ's ….keep the faith. My focus as your next District 1 County Commissioner will be the economic well being and recovery of our businesses and of the residents of this county. Rather that shouting at each other and allowing folks running for office to divide our communities...its time to be united now more than ever. Its time to take a hard look at what lies ahead and to collectively work together.

                            --Dan Williams, District 1 County Commissioner Candidate


Tuesday, May 19, 2020 5:08 AM

Cripple Creek's Mayor Ashworth Endorses Williams

 

Dan Williams, candidate for Teller County Commissioner, District 1, garnered yet another endorsement when Cripple Creek Mayor Milford Ashworth added his name to the impressive list of key community leaders who support Dan in this critical role:

I wholeheartedly endorse Dan Williams for District 1 County Commissioner.  I am giving my full support for Dan Williams as our next District 1 Teller County Commissioner.

Dan has taken a very active interest in Cripple Creek for years and is well known here.  His service and interest in Cripple Creek has been consistent and started long before his bid for Teller County Commissioner.  He has been a guest speaker at many functions and events in Cripple Creek and he has taken a very special interest in our housing situationHe listens to the ideas and challenges we have and understands our economic base.  He is a proven leader who has the leadership skills and financial understanding to help us through these critical economic times and make our way to recovery.

Cripple Creek and Teller County are facing a number of real and serious challenges to make our way back to full economic recovery.  I know who Dan is and what he sacrificed for his county as a combat veteran and what he will do to help Cripple Creek as a County Commissioner.

Please join me in voting for Dan Williams for District 1 Teller County Commissioner.

                                               --Milford Ashworth

                                               Cripple Creek Mayor

 

Dan Williams gratefully accepted Mayor Ashworth's endorsement, adding, "Thank you Mr Mayor, and you are correct.  The people of Cripple Creek know, and clearly understand, that our challenges and opportunities demand someone who is truly part of their community, who lives their lives, and who has a coherent vision of partnership at all levels to bring success to our future.  These are attributes that cannot be gained over a single meal or overnight...they require an enduring interest.  Thank you, Sir, for your endorsement, and I look forward to working with you in the future."


Monday, May 18, 2020 3:55 AM

Cripple Creek Mayor Pro Tem Tom Litherland Endorses Williams

Cripple Creek Mayor Pro Tem Tom Litherland endorsed Dan Williams for Teller County Commissioner, District 1 in a recently released statement:

I enthusiastically support and endorse Dan Williams for District 1 County Commissioner.  Not only does Dan have a heart for Teller County but he has a heart for Cripple Creek.  Dan was the only commissioner candidate present at our city council candidates forum, was the only candidate present at our critical housing study presentation, and the only candidate that took the time to come and speak to our council during a public meeting.

 I can personally attest to his involvement with our Veteran community, to include being a guest speaker at last year’s motorcycle rally in Cripple Creek and his oversight of the Veteran’s Trust Fund has positively impacted our Veterans as well.   Dan’s personal actions speak louder than anyone’s campaign talking points and Dan Williams is a man of action.

I simply cannot think of a better public servant or leader to be the next District 1 County Commissioner than Dan Williams.  Teller County and Cripple Creek are at a very critical time in their history.  Not only has Dan done a superb job as part of the COVID-19 Crisis Response Force, but as a County Commissioner I know he will focus on our collective economic recovery.  Dan has managed 800 million dollar budgets, he has relationships with our community and city leaders, as well as with our state and federal partners, many of whom will play a part in our recovery.

I join Cripple Creek Councilwoman Meghan Rozell in supporting and endorsing Dan Williams for District 1 County Commissioner.  He has a verifiable record of public service and is an honorable man with 5 ½ years of Teller County Government experience.  Dan has owned property here since he was 21, he is one of us, understands us, and will represent all of us as our next district 1 County Commissioner.   Please give him your support and vote for him.

                              -- Tom Litherland

                              Cripple Creek Mayor Pro Tem and Councilman

 

Dan accepted Mr Litherland's endorsement and added, "Thank you, Tom for your support and kind words.  It's common for candidates to spend their time in Woodland Park and to emerge on a community just in time ask for votes, but its more important to embrace and engage the diversity of our county over the long-haul.  We have a bright future in Teller County, even if there are challenges ahead.  Each community is different.  I am proud of what is going on in Cripple Creek, and look forward to serving its residents with the same energy I will serve all of Teller County."


Friday, May 15, 2020 4:18 AM

Undersheriff John Gomes Endorses Williams for Teller County Commissioner

 

Teller County Undersheriff John Gomes endorsed Dan Williams to serve as the next Teller County Commissioner, District 1.  In Undersheriff Gomes' powerful statement, he makes the case that Dan Williams is the right person at the right time.  You can read all of John's endorsement by clicking the title above, and key highlights are below:

My name is John Gomes, I am currently the Teller County Undersheriff and former Deputy Chief of Police at the Woodland Park Police Department.  I have served our community for the last 36 years.  I raised my family in this community, I made Teller County my home and have stayed here because of the people, friends, neighbors, businesses, the culture, our small town atmosphere, our caring, and of course the beautiful landscape with our majestic mountain watching over us.  I care about our community and therefore know choosing the right Teller County Commissioner that embodies the same values, principles and lifestyle that makes me call Teller County my home is a decision, I do not take lightly.   That’s why there’s really only one choice, I support and endorse Dan Williams for Teller County Commissioner for District 1, without any hesitation.  I ask all of you to do the same, if you want the right, most qualified, experienced, proven leader that is dedicated to our community and understands our needs, electing Dan Williams is the right choice. 

In my career it’s important to make decisions for the right reasons, make decisions that are based on keeping our community safe, care taking for those who need help, standing up for what is right and doing it without hesitation to keep others safe.  These are the same principles and qualities, I see in Dan Williams and he displays them on a daily basis.  He truly cares about the community he lives in, the people he serves and the direction our community is heading. 

It’s easy for most people that are running for elected position to all of a sudden, “Become involved” and tell you they care about what’s happening.  I will tell you from experience, Dan has been involved for years in this community at all levels.  I have witnessed his caring and concern for our community and our citizens. 

His dedication to doing the right thing for the right reasons is unsurpassed by others, this is who he is, and it’s obvious watching him and the passion he has for our community and its citizens.  Dan’s passion and caring for our community and citizens goes beyond simply saying the words.  His actions speak loudly, judge him by what he has been doing in our community.  Many people can tell you they care about an issue or problem, Dan does the work, he takes action and is decisive and gets results In the future when our community is confronted with emergencies or issues, I want someone who takes action and has a record of doing the right thing for the right reasons, instead of someone who give empty promises or is just around during an election.   If you want experience and action Dan is the right person for the job.  

Moved by the powerful words offered by Undersheriff Gomes, Dan Williams accepted John's endorsement and noted, "Your professional and personal contributions, John, are one of the many reasons why Teller County is--and will continue to be--the envy of Colorado.  Thank you, Sir for the endorsement and I will live up to your words as our next Teller County Commissioner."


Wednesday, May 13, 2020 3:48 AM

Former Woodland Park Councilman Saunier Endorses Williams

 

Former Woodland Park City Councilman and Veteran Advocate, Paul Saunier, widely respected for his principled stances on fiscal conservatism and individual liberties, added his name to the still-growing and impressive list of County and City leaders who endorse Dan Williams as the next Teller County Commissioner, District 1:
 
I cannot think of a better public servant or leader to be the next District 1 County Commissioner than Dan Williams and I am asking all of you to vote for him. Teller County is at a very critical time in its history and those we chose to serve us now must be our very best and most experiencedDan is one of the finest leaders I have known both as a former councilman, businessman and a Veteran.

I have known Dan for years and he is exactly the kind of leader and public servant that Teller County needs and deserves.  His integrity, character, leadership and constant appeal to us to continue to work together rather than choosing divisiveness could not come at a better time.  The COVID-19 pandemic has brought us together as a combined community in a way that nothing else has.  Hundreds came together for our safety in Teller County including our first responders, our hospital, our combined local governments, schools, our charities, faith-based community, and our magnificent volunteers.  Dan Williams stepped into the breach for us as well, along with hundreds of others as part of the COVID-19 Crisis Response Force.

I trust our voters and know that they will put Dan Williams into office as our next District 1 Teller County Commissioner.  

                                               --Paul Saunier

                                               Former Woodland Park City Councilman

Visibly humbled by these words, Dan Williams accepted Mr Saunier's endorsement.  "Thank you, Paul for your endorsement, and it has been my distinct privilege to serve the entirety of Teller County at your side.  I treasure our friendship and partnership as we continue to do what is right for Teller County's citizens and our home."


Tuesday, May 12, 2020 3:53 AM

Cripple Creek Councilwoman Rozell Endorses Williams for Commissioner

 

Cripple Creek Councilwoman Meghan Rozell adds her name to the growing list of endorsements for Dan Williams to serve as the next Teller County Commissioner for District 1.  

I support for Dan Williams as our next District 1 County Commissioner and hoping you will join me this year in voting for the right man for the job. 

In the time that I’ve had the privilege of knowing Dan, he has demonstrated a character that just isn’t common place in this world anymore. If more of us were like him, we would truly be living in a much better world. He is kind, connects genuinely with those he meets, and he highlights the best in others. Matched with heartfelt warm qualities, he is sharp, strong, and is a true leader

Dan’s background speaks for itself but what those of you out there who have not yet spent time with Dan might not know until you meet him is this:  Dan is a complete package leader who will serve us both with profound compassion and keen intellect weighing the pragmatism we need balanced with who we are as people at the core of all the decisions he will make

This year has been a challenge for the world to say the very least. From day one of this unprecedented time, Dan has been in the thick of the Teller County efforts to make sure we are all as safe and ready as we could possibly be. Even if he weren’t in the job he’s in, I know he would be in the trenches contributing all the same because that is just who he is. He has connected individuals and organizations to coordinate efforts to strengthen our community and along the way, he has remained a true friend to many of us —checking in, making sure we have what we need, and even just calling with a friendly hello. 

I don’t know about you but I want a leader who listens to the people they represent, a leader who weighs in the practicalities and data of any challenge at hand, someone who sincerely want the best outcome at the big picture level. We need leaders with vision – Dan is that leader.  After three years as an elected official, I know that staying at the big picture level can be hard for many. There’s a saying about leading from the 30,000 ft view. What that means is that an elected official doesn’t get stuck in the drama or the weeds of a situation, they don’t meddle in the little things but instead, they keep the big picture objectives at the forefront of every decision and forward move. A good leader empowers others to contribute to the achievement of an objective and if that objective fails, a good leader takes responsibility for that failure. When that objective is successful, a good leader gives the due credit to everyone around them and accepts little to none for themselves, humbly celebrating the success of the team. 

This is the kind of leader Dan Williams will be for Teller County -the kind of leader he will be for US. His signs say “INTEGRITY” for a reason. That word has real meaning for Dan and he consistently acts in line with that true value we need more of in this world. As many of us well know, action speaks louder than words ever can. 

I hope you all will join me this year in voting for a man of action, who lives by his values and ours, who cares deeply about others, and who has the skill, experience, tenacity, and excellence we need to bring Teller County forward in the right way.

                                   --Meghan Rozell, Cripple Creek Council

Dan gratefully accepted Meghan's endorsement and added, "Thank you Meghan for your words and your support.  Cripple Creek, as our county seat and the largest town in the Southern Teller County is at the heart of the district I will represent.  At this unprecedented time, Cripple Creek has its challenges, but together, we will get through this and I look forward to exciting days ahead."


Wednesday, April 29, 2020 3:58 AM

Czelusta Endorses Williams for County Commissioner

 

Teller County Treasurer and Public Trustee, Mark Czelusta announced his endorsement of Dan Williams to serve the citizens of Teller County as County Commissioner, District 1.

I am excited and thrilled to announce my endorsement of Dan Williams to serve as the next Teller County Commissioner, District 1. 

Possessing deep and unrelenting integrity, optimistic and reasoned vision, and credibility beyond compare, Dan Williams offers our citizens exactly what they want…at exactly the right time…in their representative-leader. 

Dan understands that integrity goes well beyond simply following rules and laws.  As a former military officer who made life and death decisions under fire, he knows—intuitively—that one must also adhere to the intent of rules and laws, not just the words as written—he is not afraid of tough decisions.  He continually asks, “Even if the rules allow this, is it right for the people of Teller County?”  With a strong moral compass, Dan’s perspective always incorporates often-overlooked components of integrity:  judgement and nobility.  During this campaign in particular, and at times well before he decided to run, I personally observed his actions to ensure the credibility of processes and organizations at the larger level.  Dan does not hide behind a “what do the people want?” excuse to do nothing, and then wait until there is a groundswell of expectations, or a clamor of frustration, to do what is right. 

And he stands behind his own words.  I am proud of Dan’s sense of ownership of both his actions and words in all parts of his life during this campaign and before.  Even when offered the opportunity, Dan never sat aside quietly while people told incomplete and defamatory stories about his opponent, and then shrug his shoulders and quietly tell other people that some of his supporters are a “bit over the top.”  He would never claim to serve one group, and then call that same group, “needy” at a different meeting.  Dan would never refer to a third of our county’s residents as “crazy.” 

Let there be no doubt:  all of this is part of integrity. All of this is key to a heart of service. 

Moreover, Dan understands the diversity of perspective, challenges and lifestyle within Teller County, even when good people on the Front Range see us as all the same.  He knows that folks in Victor may have different expectations and concerns from the residents of Cripple Creek.  He understands that Woodland Park’s desires may be different from those of Unincorporated Teller County.  And he can tell you why. 

Dan’s vision is reasoned and principle-based.  Dan is a capitalist, a fiscal conservative, and a quiet Christian [Mathew 6:6] who supports our Constitution, swore an oath to it, and fought for it.  He believes in free-market solutions, property rights and looks to limit government’s reach; while understanding, as a Christian, that our time on Earth is limited and that we must eventually hand our home’s stewardship to succeeding generations.  This reasoned, principled and balanced perspective perfectly aligns with the desires of Teller County, and is just one reason why we will continue to be the envy of Colorado.  He sees a diverse county that embraces its growth, while simultaneously preserving what fuels that growth.  We can be home to retirees and families from all walks of life and income brackets; we can be farmers, ranchers and business people; and we can continue to call wildlife our neighbors. 

Delivering on this vision requires a verifiable record of judgement and success, and—at times—uncomfortable decisions and tough leadership.  Dan Williams has all that— as a former military officer, as a decorated wartime hero, as a county official, and as a small businessman who owns his own consulting company.  Dan offered us his vision on day one, and he stands behind it.  He didn’t wait to discern who could fund his campaign or speak the loudest; he didn’t begin a research project to figure out what “the people want” in order to build his platform, and he didn’t come on the scene after deciding to reinvent himself later in life.  The Dan Williams you see today is the same Dan Williams you saw years ago – noble, seasoned, ready.    He put it all out there on Day 1.  And he is the only candidate who will be ready on Day 1—at a time unprecedented in the challenges we are facing.

Dan Williams possesses genuine integrity.  Dan Williams has a verifiable record.  Dan Williams has a reasoned and principled vision for our future.  Dan Williams has my vote, please give him yours.

                                              --Mark Czelusta

Dan accepted Mark's endorsement adding, "Thank you, Mark, for your kind words and for your support.  I am humbled by them and proud to serve Teller County alongside you now, and in the future as a fellow elected official."


Thursday, April 23, 2020 5:12 AM

Dan Williams Releases His Podcast, "Thank You Teller County"

 

 

As multiple key community servants and leaders offered their endorsements, Dan Williams, candidate for Teller County Commissioner, District 1, released his tenth podcast, this one thanking Teller County for the way we continue to handle the Coronavirus Emergency.

"I could not be more proud of Teller County," Dan observed.  "For the last year, during this campaign, I offered a vision absent of divisiveness.  I asked us to live the Western Values that we all cherish, and folks, we delivered. 

"I have not seen this since the days following 9-11, and our citizens proved once again that they know what matters.  The camaraderie is eye-watering. 

"Our commissioners, elected officials, and key community leaders are thoroughly engaged as they seek that critical balance between civil liberties and life, health and safety.  They want us to return to normal on the quickest of terms, but are also aware of the risks that could ensue.

"As we get closer every day to defeating this invisible enemy, I want you all to know, from the deepest of my being, how so very proud I am of our citizens and our home.  We are indeed #TellerStrong!"

 


Thursday, April 23, 2020 4:40 AM

Former Woodland Park Mayor Neil Levy Endorses Dan Williams

Former Woodland Park Neil Levy announced his endorsement of Dan Williams to serve as the next Teller County Commissioner, District 1.

I wholeheartedly support and endorse Dan Williams for District 1 County Commissioner.  I have known Dan for over 6 years.  He is an outstanding leader who possesses strategic vision, understands the role and functions of government and is a compassionate public servant.  He is experienced and is exactly who we need at a very critical time in our history.  Dan treats everyone with dignity and respect and his conduct during this campaign has demonstrated to all of us that you can run for office and not slander an opponent.

Dan is a person that I have privately called upon on several occasions in my role as mayor for advice on tough complex issues and decisions.  His advice and experience in those conversations not only helped me to solve the challenges I faced at the time, but gave me a unique and personal insight into the type of caring and insightful leader Dan is.  He can easily see various points of view, recommend a solution, and build consensus that works for the greater good. Dan is one of the most selfless and caring people I know and we are extremely lucky that he has stepped forward to serve us.   I can also personally attest to his leadership in our Veteran Community through his management of the Veteran’s Trust Fund and as the Commander of the American Legion. Dan has a heart for the Woodland Park community and Teller County and has been serving us far longer than just this campaign.  For over 5 years I have stood next to him on multiple occasions.  When he speaks, people listen, and what he has to say really matters…he inspires all those who come into contact with him.

There is no doubt in my mind, that Dan Williams will raise the bar and lead our community to greater heights.  Please vote for Dan Williams for District 1 Teller County Commissioner.

                       - Former Woodland Park Mayor Neil Levy

Dan Williams accepted Mayor Levy's endorsement, noting, "It has been my distinct privilege to serve Woodland Park and Teller County with you for the last 5 years, and I am proud to call you my friend.  You made a difference in Woodland Park during a critical time, Mr Mayor, and I look forward to continuing your tradition of reasoned, principled and respectful servant-leadership as County Commissioner."


Wednesday, April 22, 2020 4:06 AM

Another Endorsement! Woodland Park City Councilman Jim Pfaff Endorses Dan Williams!

Watch Jim's Entire Endorsement here:

https://m.facebook.com/watch/?v=563792934265807&_rdr

Dan Williams, Candidate for Teller County Commissioner, District 1 received another endorsement yesterday!  This one is from Jim Pfaff, Woodland Park City Councilman and Chief of Staff for the Colorado House Republican Caucus in Denver.  

Jim's words were simple and direct:

"This is going to be a seriously critical time in our county and in our city.

"Dan has my entire support.  His understanding of what is going on in this county is impressive to me.

"Dan Williams has done a phenomenal job of understanding what's happening in governmental structures and how to break through that to actually accomplish real things.

"Dan Williams' trademarks are Integrity, Knowledge and Commitment to Limited Government.  He will expand on our history of Efficient, Limited, Good Government."

Dan is thrilled and pleased to accept Jim's endorsement.  "Thank you, Jim for your words and your support, and for the opportunity to work alongside you for the good of Teller County and Woodland Park.  To have the support of someone who truly understands limited, yet effective governance is humbling and exciting."

 

 

 


Tuesday, April 21, 2020 3:28 AM

Woodland Park City Councilman Robert Zuluaga Endorses Dan Williams

 

 

 

Dan Williams, candidate for Teller County Commissioner, District 1 is pleased and honored to accept Woodland Park City Councilman Robert Zuluaga's endorsement.

"Dan's commitment to teamwork, his respect for veterans, his compassion for his fellow citizens moves me," Zuluaga observed.

"Dan's been a property owner here in Teller County since he has been 21.  He respects property rights; he'll respect your rights.  Dan defends the Constitution and respects life, liberty and personal property rights.  

"He is a man of high caliber and class."

Dan Williams responded, "Thank you, Robert, I am humbled and flattered.  I appreciate your kind, gracious, and optimistic words, and as Teller County Commissioner, I look forward to working alongside you.  Woodland Park is lucky to have you in their service."


Friday, April 10, 2020 2:25 PM

Teller County Sheriff Mikesell Endorses Dan Williams

 

Dan Williams is humbled and thrilled to accept the endorsement of Teller County Sheriff Jason Mikesell.

Sheriff Mikesell's remarks are below:

I enthusiastically support and endorse Dan Williams for District 1 Teller County Commissioner.  I have known Dan for many years and consider him to be one of the finest and most capable leaders I know.  He has an incredible heart for Teller County and its people.  Dan has been a long standing community leader in Teller County and his selfless service to our community started long before his campaign for County Commissioner did.  Like others who know him, I can personally attest that he is a caring and inspirational leader with a focus on serving others.

Dan is a multiple combat Veteran and real patriot who understands leadership under pressure and is someone who personally fought for the freedoms and liberty we all enjoy.   Dan is a man who understands the balance between the rule of law, the function of government and the rights of private citizens.  He is an incredible and experienced county and community leader with strategic vision and true ability.

Teller County is at a very critical time in its history.  In order to meet the challenges and opportunities facing us head on we need strong leadership now and in the future and we need Dan Williams.  I have personally called Dan to ask him for his thoughts on complex problems and challenges and he always offers clear and insightful recommendations that have worked.

I know Dan to be a man of great integrity and high moral character; both traits that are critical to the leadership required of a County Commissioner.  As Thomas Paine once said, “these are the times that try men’s souls”.  What is needed now are people true ability, experience, and a lifetime of service.  Dan has the ability to lead our County on day one which will be critical in the months ahead as we recover from the shadow of the Covid-19 pandemic and rebuild our economic base.

There is no doubt in my mind, that Dan Williams is the only clear choice for District 1 Teller County Commissioner.  Please give him your support – our future depends on it.

 

Jason Mikesell

 

 


Wednesday, April 8, 2020 3:47 AM

Williams Thanks 2020 County Assembly Delegates

 

I want to thank all our citizens who took the time and consideration to participate in the 2020 Teller County Republican Assembly.

During this unprecedented time, we held the Assembly virtually.  My personal thanks to the Teller County Republicans' Executive Committee for their diligence, their dedication, and their creativity to ensure that this important process remained intact.  Congratulations to all!

I am proud to report that I garnered the majority of votes, and will appear on the ballot in the June Primary!  Thank you to all my supporters as we head to the next step in our service to the citizens of Teller County!

Finally my thanks to Teller County Sheriff Jason Mikesell and Teller County Treasurer Mark Czelusta for their nominations and seconds, as shown in the video above.

Onward!

                            --Dan

 


Thursday, April 2, 2020 10:11 AM

A Message from Dan Williams

Dan Williams, candidate for Teller County Commissioner, District 1 released the following message ahead of the Teller County Assembly:

Ladies and Gentlemen,
 

I wanted to thank you again for volunteering to participate in this year’s virtual assembly as a delegate. 

Our Teller County GOP did an incredible job in its flexibility by creating an online delegate voting process.  As many of you have been receiving multiple emails and confirmation phone calls related to this, I have not wanted to add to that burden until now.

Since the order was received from our Governor a few weeks ago to remain at home, I wanted you to know that I, along with other members of our local government, have been part of the Crisis Response Force for Teller County in the Teller County Emergency Operations Center.  In that role, I can tell you first hand that Teller County, our incorporated cities, and multiple agencies are doing everything we can to keep you as safe as possible.  In the coming days official media releases will show you some of the incredible work that has been done to protect you and your families. We now have nearly 500 volunteers as well who are sewing masks and gowns, serving on the posse and standing by for work assignments   I am so very proud of our County and our people who continue to serve others during this crisis.

Sadly, I have also been informed by some of you that an individual may have inappropriately obtained the delegate list from a candidate and persisted in his personal false attacks against me.  I understand some of you received calls or emails from this person.  While our commissioners made the decision that he did not agree with, I stand by them fully.   Teller County does not bend the rules for the rich and powerful, the rules apply to all of us.  If we don’t like them, we change them, for all of us…I find it disturbing that when so many of us are doing everything we can to take care of others and our community, that this individual feels it appropriate to continue a false personal attack to try and change the political calculus.  That said, I have faith in each of you and know that you will separate fact from fiction and that you will help our Party select the best candidate possible for District 1.   I remain available to each of you via telephone at 912-247-1258 or via my email at iamviper6@yahoo.com.

On Friday 3 April you will have an opportunity to watch the speeches of my nominators and my own speech.  I would encourage you to watch all candidate speeches as you would at any assembly prior to making your selection. Saturday morning, April 4th, you will have the opportunity to cast your vote between 9 AM and 7 PM.

This is an historical time and an incredibly important election for Teller County and you will personally help to chart Teller County’s future.  We will need strong and experienced leadership to fully recover from this challenge…I will be ready on day one.

Thank you for your willingness to help us and our Party. May God bless each and every one of you and keep you safe.

Respectfully,

Dan


Tuesday, March 17, 2020 5:11 AM

Dan Williams' Statement on COVID-19

As COVID-19 starts to impact our lives in Teller County, I urge each and everyone of you to take care of yourselves and your families.
 
As facts are known and personal practices suggested, please adhere to them. 
 
Please, if you are able to reach out to your neighbors, particularly our seniors and home-bound, to see if they need anything, do so. Teller County residents are a resilient and self reliant people who will rise to this occasion and we will get through this together.
 
If you have special skills make them known as they may helpful in the coming days.

In the end, I believe this will bring us closer together as a County and as an American people but for now, please take this very seriously and listen for updates as they become available from our local, state and national representatives.

Let there be no doubt:  "We got this and we will succeed together."


God bless each and everyone of you.  I could not be more proud of our home and all its citizens.
 


Thursday, March 5, 2020 3:58 AM

Dan Williams Talks About Leadership

 

 

Dan Williams, Candidate for Teller County Commissioner, District 1, releases his 9th podcast.  During this conversation with you, he discusses Leadership.

"Every elected official is a representative, but the difference between some populist who will tell you anything you want to hear to get a vote and a genuine public servant is Leadership," Dan observed.

"Listen, it is disingenuous to separate the two," Williams continued.  "The facts are that even the most 'like-minded-individuals' will disagree at some point.  Our county is not that homogeneous...no county is.  And we are becoming more diverse in our opinions.  I celebrate that.

"What makes our representation successful in an environment where people disagree is the ability to seek out common values, work the details, and to come to a mutual agreement.  That, my friends, takes Leadership.

"I have been a Leader my entire life.  I offer vision and ideas.  I don't run from uncomfortable situations or tough decisions....I am no sunshine patriot who enters a situation after others have already  taken a stance, or made the right decision.... the decisions, opportunities, and challenges facing Teller County today...and tomorrow....will require decisive and representative leadership.....you can count on me and  I stand behind my decisions and my actions. 

"Yes, we all deserve exceptional Representation, but we demand worldclass Leadership in our Representatives.  It is impossible to separate the two.

"This is not an afterthought for me.  This is my lifetime calling."

To hear Dan's entire podcast on Leadership, click at the link above.  To hear all of Dan's podcasts, click at the PODCASTS button to the right top of the screen.


Tuesday, March 3, 2020 5:52 AM

Dan Williams Addresses Divisiveness

 

Dan Williams, Candidate for Teller County Commissioner, District 1, released his 8th podcast, this one addressing Divisiveness.  

"I am beholden only to our citizens...all of them," Williams commented.  The national rhetoric and tone is not only toxic, it is dangerous.  I am disappointed that some people have allowed it to make its way here to Teller County."

Continuing, he noted, "Our county's demographic is evolving, and that fact will not change just because someone rants about it on social media, uses their proxies, or worse...fake accounts...to argue that folks with differing perspectives are somehow not welcome here.

"When I announced my candidacy, I promised everyone a noble campaign, and I rest well at night in the fact that I deliver daily on that promise.

"Fact is, that jamming your singular, unrelenting and inflexible perspective down someone's throat in a righteous, demeaning and condescending way...and without a presumption of good intent on other perspectives...or...simply surrounding yourself with 'like minded people' under the promise of a 'listening tour' is not in our Founders' intent.  That is an Echo Chamber.   

"I don't do 'what-about-ism,' I do multi-perspective representation; I do leadership.

"What you see in my campaign is what you will see as I serve everyone in Teller County as your Commissioner."

To hear all of Dan's podcast, click the link above, and to hear the other podcasts, click at the PODCASTS button to the right.

 

 


Sunday, February 16, 2020 3:54 AM

Williams Releases Podcast on Rural Teller County

 

Dan Williams, Candidate for Teller County Commissioner, District 1, released his 7th podcast.  This podcast addresses the future of Rural Teller County.

"Teller County is changing as more and more people move from the Front Range into Teller County.  This growth brings opportunities and challenges," Williams commented.  "There will be a natural tension between those who want more development and those who want to preserve what we have and what makes our home especially unique.  

"Now, we can simply turn our heads the other way and say that government has no role in this discussion, or we can strike a healthy balance between the opportunity offered by this growth and the desire to maintain our natural beauty.

"What kind of development do we want?  Where?  And how much?  Have we decided what will be lost due to this development, and are we ok with that?

"I welcome that discussion, and will support what we, the citizenry decide, but let there be no doubt:  there will be disagreement among good people who would otherwise agree on so many other issues.  It takes a leader to help blend and balance these divergent perspectives.

"Simply ignoring the issue under some 'Government Should Get Out of the Way' campaign talking point is certainly one path, but I would argue that it is not what anyone wants.  Remember, 'no decision' is a decision too."

To hear all of Dan's 3 minute and 12 second podcast, please click the link above, and to hear all of his podcasts, click the button on the right side of this screen.


Thursday, February 13, 2020 4:13 AM

Dan Williams Represents Teller County Veterans in Colorado Springs

Dan Williams, Candidate for Teller County Commissioner, District 1, represented our County's perspective at the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Board meeting in Colorado Springs on February 7th, in partnership with Commissioner Norm Steen. 

As a Key Veteran leader in Teller County, commanding American Legion Post 1980 and a member of VFW Post 6051, Dan also helps to manage the Veterans Trust Fund.  This fund is a state grant for Veterans in crisis. 

Dan presented Teller County Lessons Learned and offered suggestions to help streamline and shorten the time from request to payment.  He was assisted by Bob Lowery, a Vietnam Veteran and the Service Officer for the American Legion and the VFW.  In Teller County nearly 1 out of 4 people  are Veterans and in Colorado nearly 1/2 million residents are Veterans.  In fact, Colorado's front range from Wyoming to New Mexico along the I-25 corridor is the 2nd largest grouping of Veterans in the Nation.  As Teller County grows so will its Veteran population.  

 

Dan understands this demographic and is the only Veteran running for County Commissioner. 


Thursday, February 13, 2020 3:52 AM

Dan Williams Talks About Veterans

Dan Williams, Candidate for Teller County Commissioner, District 1, released his 6th podcast, today.  This podcast discusses a special segment of our county's population, Veterans.  Patriotism is certainly not limited to the Veteran Population, but this demographic has unique skill sets and in some cases, has unique challenges due to combat experiences. 

As many know, Dan is a 30-year combat veteran, and in doing so, represented our values and ideals under the harshest of circumstances and under fire, as nearly 1 in 4 other people in Teller County have.  For Dan, service is a life-long calling.

"I am proud to be a veteran," Williams commented.  "And while we are unique, I am equally proud of others who put their personal comforts aside to serve our citizens here in Teller County.  These include law enforcement, first responders, teachers, the clergy, and the medical community."

Williams continued, "I don't expect you to vote for me just because I wore a uniform, but because of the skills I demonstrated while in uniform and the verifiable service to Teller County I have demonstrated in the past 5 years.  These include the ability to uphold our shared values under pressure, a strong moral compass, respect for the law and our elected officials, the ability to blend and represent divergent opinions and different cultures, decision-making, organizational skills and responsible management of public resources...just to name a few."

To hear all of this message about veterans, click the link above, and to hear all of his podcasts, click the link to the right.


Monday, February 3, 2020 4:41 AM

Williams Releases Podcast on the Role of Government

 

Dan Williams, candidate for Teller County Commissioner, District 1, released a podcast on the role of government in Teller County.

"Teller County regulations and ordinances, of which there are only eight active, reflect the will of our residents and citizens," Williams observed.  "And if we the people don't like them, we change them.  We don't just turn a blind eye and selectively enforce them upon the working taxpayers, while ignoring violations made by the powerful few."

"This is not the greed of the few but the will of the many," Williams continued.  "That is why I fund my own campaign.  I am beholden only to those I represent, and that is the people of Teller County, and not a few wealthy donors who paid for my campaign with the goal of future selective enforcement under some banner of limited government."

To hear Dan's entire message, click the link above, and to hear all of his podcasts, click the hot button at the right of this page.


Wednesday, January 29, 2020 5:02 AM

Williams Releases Podcast on Upcoming Caucuses

 

Dan Williams, Candidate for Teller County Commissioner, District 1, released the latest in his podcast series.  This release discusses the upcoming Caucuses on March 7, 2020.

Williams observed, "This year's Caucuses are on March 7, 2020...just a few weeks away.  I am pleased to see that it is on a Saturday, which allows everyone who is interested to attend.

"I received multiple requests for this information and am excited for the strong interest in this grassroots process."

To hear all of Dan's message (2 minutes, 5 seconds), click the link at the video above, and to hear all of his podcasts, click the "Podcast" link on the right side of this screen.


Wednesday, January 29, 2020 4:46 AM

Dan Williams Attends the Woodland Park Holocaust Memorial

Dan Williams, candidate for Teller County Commissioner, District 1 attended the Woodland Park Library's 2020 Holocaust Memorial Event on January 28, 2020.

This event coincided with the national--and international--Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27, 2020.

The theme presented during this event was the "Jewish-American Soldier Experience in World War II."

"We can never forget the Holocaust, during which 6 million Jews were murdered at the hands of the German Nazis," Williams commented.  "I am privileged to be here, and to honor the sacrifices of these people as well as to pay tribute to the 550,000 Jewish-American soldiers who served and brought freedom to people in need."

Williams was joined by Teller County Treasurer Mark Czelusta, as well as other key leaders from across the community.  He was the only District 1 candidate in attendance.

 


Sunday, January 26, 2020 6:51 AM

Williams Releases Podcast on Integrity

 

Consistent with his message about Service, Dan Williams, Candidate for Teller County Commissioner, District 1, released a podcast about Integrity today.

"If you don't know who you are, you can't serve the people that elected you to office," Williams commented.

Dan Williams has a lifetime of verifiable service to his community--both in the military and at the county level.  Dan knows who he is, and why he serves.  His service is not merely a personal reinvention of self after a lifetime of taking several other paths, and it is definitely not a blindly populist perspective that says "yes" to everything and every idea just to get a vote.  The citizens of Teller County see through both facades and know that neither represent a genuine vision for our future.

Dan knows who he is.  Dan's moral compass has been tested both as a combat commander and as a county servant.  

Dan's values are our values and as he mentions, "My promise to you is that the cornerstone of my service will be integrity."

To hear all of Dan's message about Integrity, click the link above, and to hear his other podcasts, click the link to the right.


Friday, January 3, 2020 3:41 AM

Williams Releases Statement on Transparency

Dan Williams, candidate for Teller County Commissioner, District 1, released a statement on Transparency in Teller County Government, today.

"As we begin 2020 with all the hope and anticipation the new year offers, I want to be upfront and truthful about how transparent and open our County's government is," Williams commented. 

"Rest assured, this occurs every day in Teller County and has been standard practice for a very long time at all levels.

"Once again, however, my opponent is fanning the flames of a non-existent fire and seems to be bent on spreading divisiveness. Phrases like “back room deals” are being used to describe a situation which simply is not the case in Teller County–ever."

It's time that our-all of our-campaign's discussions move to genuine facts about what really happens in our county's government.

To read all of Dan Williams' statement, click at the link at the title above.

 


Tuesday, December 17, 2019 3:34 AM

Williams Releases Holiday Message

Dan Williams, Candidate for Teller County Commissioner, District 1, released his holiday message today.

A Holiday Message from Dan Williams (1 minute, 52 seconds)

"Folks, what I want to say, is that this is a time of peace; this is a time of family; this is a time of friends...and fellowship.

"And I ask you to take the next couple of weeks, to talk to people you haven't talked to in a while, shake the hand of your neighbor, remember our Western Values, remember that your neighbors are your friends.

"And then as we approach the New Year, it's an exciting time..."

Merry Christmas to All of Teller County!

                                                     --Dan

 

(You can hear Dan's entire message at the box above, or through the Podcasts link to the right.)


Monday, December 16, 2019 3:13 AM

Williams Provides Campaign Status Update

Dan Williams, Candidate for Teller County Commissioner, District 1, released a Campaign Status Update on December 15, 2019.  

"It has been generally quiet," Williams remarked.  "And this is as it should be.  The Assembly is in the spring, Primary Election is later, and this is a time to spend with family and friends, get out and truly serve the community, and to be genuinely thankful for the blessings of our home and the people who make it the envy of Colorado."

On Saturday 7 December 2019 Dan Williams and other Teller County Veterans escorted by our Sheriff and other first responders were privileged to lead the Lighter Side of Christmas Parade as they do ever year.

Teller County Veterans lead every parade in Teller County and many of our city events. It is an honor to selflessly serve our community and county this way. This year, as the Color Guard led the parade through a record crowd cheers, salutes and shouts of gratitude could be heard from every corner.

Reflecting the Spirit of Teller County, the overwhelming majority of the floats were holiday themed, focused on the season, with themes of peace, joy and promise in the new year.

Williams observed that one float did not reflect this sentiment, however.  Dan was disappointed to see his opponent use this event as an opportunity to campaign, rather than to focus on the season.  "The Lighter Side of Christmas Parade is a long-standing tradition that unites our community," Williams observed.  "It should be focused on our community and families, and not be used to sow seeds of political divisiveness.  Frankly, there was no place for a large 'Rusterholtz for County Commissioner Sign' in this special event.  We can do better." 

It appears that the Parade's spectators agreed with Dan, as the float was greeted with words such as "selfish," among others. 

Dan Williams observed, "Things will get busy after the first of the year.  But for now, let's focus on the opportunity to be appreciative and thankful, on what binds us together as families and a community, and on what is truly important.  This season is about the birth of our Savior...not about politics."

Williams continued, "Character matters indeed, and character includes having the judgement to focus on what matters at the time, and not be so opportunistic." 


Saturday, November 23, 2019 7:18 AM

Williams Releases His First in a Series of Podcasts

Dan Williams, candidate for Teller County Commissioner, District 1, released his first podcast. 

In this first podcast, Dan outlines his background, his motivations, and his vision.  There will be more to follow!

It can be found at the link below, as well as through the PODCASTS button on the right of this screen.  

https://danwilliams4tellercounty.podbean.com/e/podcast-1-meet-dan-williams-candidate-for-teller-county-commissioner/ 


Monday, November 4, 2019 8:29 AM

Williams Releases Statement about Teller County's "Big Government"

It is interesting that those outside of our County’s government, and trying to become part of it, often label seasoned and experienced public servants as “big government” or “power hungry bureaucrats.”

Nothing can be farther from the truth. Dan Williams has always been part of lean organizations, made the organizations he led even leaner as a Senior Army Commander and now as our County’s Senior Planner.

Dan is a limited government leader whose hallmark is to find and gain efficiency in any organization he has been part of.

Rather than cheap national-level sound bytes suitable for the most breathless of cable news personalities, Dan Williams challenges us to pursue “responsible government."

Read the entire statement by clicking at the link in the title above.


Saturday, October 26, 2019 10:20 AM

Annual HOA/POA Meeting

Candidate for Teller County Commissioner, Dan Williams attended the annual POA and HOA meeting hosted by the Sheriff in Divide on October 19, 2019.

Routine patrols, being neighborly, Ordinance # 20, and a host of issues were raised. There are 109 registered POAs and HOAs in Teller County and nearly 300 subdivisions.  

The Sheriff and his deputies made themselves available for this critical meeting, giving his personal time on a Saturday to meet with our residents, POA and HOA presidents, and other interested citizens. Dan heard first hand what is working and what challenges still remain.

Dan was the only candidate for Teller County Commissioner present. 


Saturday, October 26, 2019 10:15 AM

Coffee with the Sheriff

Candidate for Teller County Commissioner, Dan Williams attended Sheriff Mikesell’s Quarterly Community update meeting “Coffee with the Sheriff” on October 18, 2019 in Divide. This is a critical law enforcement update to the community that is highly informative for citizens who are afforded an opportunity to ask questions directly of our elected Sheriff. Our Sheriff gave an outstanding update covering everything from daily operations to his work at the Federal level on ICE and other immigration issues and the current ACLU ongoing challenges.

Today’s topics included the new radio system in Teller County, the Narcotics Task Force, the Sheriff’s work with ICE and other Federal entities on combating crime in Teller County and many other critical topics. During the nearly 2-hour session the Sheriff complemented our County Commissioners for their support of law enforcement and the increases in staffing and budget that will be announced in the coming weeks.

Dan Williams was the only County Commissioner Candidate in attendance, taking vacation time from his duties as the Planning Official for Teller County to attend – it’s that important.

Dan fully understands that the primary role of a County Commissioner is to protect the life, health and safety of our County’s residents…and our law enforcement community is a direct enabler of that mission…nowhere is that more apparent than in the brave men and women of our Sheriff’s Department and in our City Police Forces and other first responders.

Without the rule of law in place and our law enforcement community fully supported by our County Commissioners nothing in our County can be truly successful or long lasting. Our demographic is changing and as our county grows, our law enforcement teams will be additionally challenged and must be supported fully.

They have Dan’s full support now and will have it in the future.


Monday, October 21, 2019 5:06 AM

Cripple Creek Mayoral Candidate Forum

Dan Williams, Candidate for Teller County Commissioner, attended the Candidates forum in Cripple Creek on October 17, 2019.

"This is the largest city in my district," Williams commented.  "Of course I should be here--I wanted to be here.  I made this a priority.  The concerns voiced by our citizens involve solutions that require deep partnerships between the city and county governments.  I look forward to making that happen."

The event showcased the candidates for mayor and city council and afforded citizens an opportunity to get to know the candidates, their visions for the future and a chance to ask questions. It was attended by local residents, business leaders, veterans and community leaders.

Williams was the only candidate from any district in attendance at this widely attended and important evening function.

Key topics discussed were affordable housing, declining gambling revenues, marijuana, government transparency, and Cripple Creek marketing. Dan spoke to the candidates asking what the County can do in the future in a collaborative fashion with the City to insure its success and the County's.

Williams' comments received a noteworthy applause.

The overwhelming response was to continue the great cooperation and to listen and participate....it was widely noticed that only one of three county commissioner candidates was at this critical meeting which was planned for the evening and widely advertised to enable residents to attend--Dan did and he listened.

Cripple Creek's future is critical and vitally important for anyone representing District 1.



Tuesday, October 8, 2019 5:04 AM

Williams Releases Statement on Ordinance 20 and the Role of Government

Candidate for Teller County Commissioner, Dan Williams, released a statement on Ordinance 20, "The Camping Ordinance," and the role of government.

With shaping assistance from Dan and his staff, and passed by our County Commissioners after thorough public review and overwhelming support from across the political spectrum, Ordinance #20 exists for one reason – to protect individual property rights in Teller County not, as some would argue, to abridge them.

Any efforts to argue otherwise or to characterize this as some bureaucratic "power grab" demonstrates a complete misunderstanding of how our from-the-residents, complaint-driven, local government works.  

It stemmed from two primary factors – a growing vagrancy problem in Teller County and the use of Recreational Vehicles as residences.  With our close proximity to large urban areas in El Paso and Douglas County, these problems grew in proportion and Law Enforcement was unable to act without an ordinance. This ordinance was developed in direct response to what our population wanted – the protection of individual property rights for all.

And Ordinance #20 has been incredibly successful.

It has been several months since Ordinance #20 has been in force. We are watching trends and patterns.  

Vagrants are leaving the county – this is your government being proactive and protecting your life, health and safety.

Read all of Dan's statement by clicking the link at the title above.


Wednesday, October 2, 2019 4:55 AM

Williams Participates in Lamborn Vet Roundtable

Candidate for Teller County Commissioner, Dan Williams participated in the 5th Congressional District Veterans Round Table in Divide on September 28, 2019.

As a key veteran leader and advocate in Teller County, Williams applauded this opportunity to shape national level veterans' programs and to advocate for the particular needs of the veteran community here in Teller County.

Key topics, medical care, and future legislation were all discussed. Tony Archer, Congressman Lamborn's Senior Staff Officer for Veterans Affairs let the discussion that was attended by Veterans, American Legion and VFW leaders from across Teller County.

"Over a quarter of our county's population are vets," Williams observed.  "They provide an important component to the tapestry of our diverse population.  I am proud to be their leading advocate and will continue to do so, in a balanced and effective way, as District 1's next County Commissioner."



Saturday, September 28, 2019 9:38 AM

Williams Attends Critical District 1 Housing Public Meeting Wednesday Evening

Dan Williams attended the long awaited Cripple Creek and Victor Housing Needs and Opportunities Presentation on Wednesday evening on September 25, 2019.

Over 100 people were in attendance including city administrators, mayors, mayoral candidates, city council men and women, developers, builders, and vocal residents.

Dan Williams was the only county commissioner candidate who attended this critical housing assessment held in the evening.

Read more by clicking the link in the title above.


Wednesday, September 25, 2019 5:38 PM

Williams Releases Statement on Political Divisiveness

I was truly saddened by those of you who contacted me to point out my opponent’s sneering rant on Facebook on September 21, 2019 at 2:40 PM, calling our neighbors who are Democrats, “crazy.”

My opponent employed a dangerous rhetoric in his published video, suggesting that if he is elected, he has no interest in the thoughts of “crazy” Democrats…or in other words, about 1/3 of our County.

I am calling out my opponent and asking for a return to civility in this campaign for the good of our party and for the good of our residents.

Read the full statement by clicking at the title above.


Wednesday, September 25, 2019 5:28 PM

Williams Attends the CASA Light of Hope Breakfast

Dan Williams attended the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Teller Light of Hope breakfast today at the Shining Mountain Golf Course.  

He was joined by County Commissioners Marc Dettenrieder and Bob Campbell, County Treasurer Mark Czelusta, and multiple other key leaders.

All proceeds from today's event benefited this unique and generous program, which provides abused and neglected children a singular dedicated and trained adult advocate for their interests as these children navigate the challenges of a legal system.  

"CASA is exactly the type of program that serves from the heart and for those who do not have a voice of their own," Williams remarked.  "I am proud to be here, and moreover, proud of our citizens who serve so selflessly.  I encourage the widest of support for this program."


Monday, September 23, 2019 4:35 PM

Williams Encourages Teller County to Vote NO on Proposition CC

The "pitch" behind Proposition CC, also known as House Bill 1257, is that proceeds will provide more money for critical investments in Colorado’s future without raising tax rates.

By allowing the state to keep the money it already collects, the measure will supposedly provide funding for K-12 education, higher education, and transportation.

But whose money is it--really?  This proposal is fraught with danger and double-talk--and puts our Seniors and Veterans at risk.  

Every Teller County should vote NO on Proposition CC.

Read more by clicking the link at the title above.

 


Monday, September 23, 2019 4:29 PM

Supporting Woodland Park's Oktoberfest & Republican Red Tent

Dan Williams thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to support the Teller County Republican Central Committee's "Red Tent Event" on Sunday, September 22, 2019. 

Set as part of the City of Woodland Park’s Oktoberfest, this was a great opportunity to get the word out on Proposition CC.

The Teller County Republicans at the event, including Commissioner Candidate Dan Williams, had the opportunity to talk to people about the upcoming vote [NO] on this proposition, which would put the Senior and Veteran's Exemptions at risk.

There was also time to meet with local vendors including an up and coming new brewery in Teller County called the "Blue Line Brewing Company." 

Teller County Republican Chairman Erik Stone and Dan Williams presented the owners a thin blue line flag and wished them well at the event.


Tuesday, September 17, 2019 7:50 PM

Williams Attends Cripple Creek Business Mixer

Dan Williams attended the Cripple Creek - Gold Camp Business Mixer today.  The widely attended quarterly event is a key event for leaders, particularly from Teller County District 1, to meet, network, and discuss perspectives that shape this important and growing area in Teller County.

Dan Williams was the only Teller County Commissioner Candidate in attendance at this evening function. 

He was joined by Teller County Commissioners Marc Dettenrieder and Bob Campbell, Teller County Treasurer, Mark Czelusta, Cripple Creek City Manager Mark Campbell, and Cripple Creek Police Chief Mike Rulo, among other key leaders.

Read more by clicking at the link in the title above.


Tuesday, September 17, 2019 7:57 AM

Williams Presents Flags at Columbine Elementary School

Dan Williams and fellow American Legion members presented the Woodland Park Columbine Elementary School with this year's American Flag on September 13th. 

Its a great opportunity to teach our children about what the flag means, how to render honors to it, and about what Patriotism really is.  

This long time Teller County tradition was well attended by county residents.  


Wednesday, September 4, 2019 12:00 AM

Honoring the Heroes of 9/11

9/11 is one of those poignant days for all Americans...a time to set politics and divisiveness aside and remember the sacrifices of Americans 'forever young'. 

May we all pause on this day...to remember the shock and pain we felt as the towers fell, as our Pentagon was hit, and as the airliner crashed in Stonycreek Township, Pennsylvania.

We must never forget our First Responders...the men and women who ran into the buildings as others ran out, and the brave service members who have sacrificed since that day.

God Bless America...All of Us.  

Read more at the link on the title above.


Wednesday, August 28, 2019 3:45 PM

Williams Attends Teller County Budget Meeting

Candidate for Teller County Commissioner, Dan Williams, took a day of vacation from his County Planner duties to attend the Teller County Budget Meeting on August 28, 2019.

Williams was the only candidate for County Commissioner (District 1) in attendance.  

Considered by elected officials and county department heads to be the most important budget meeting of the year, the group examined supplemental budget requests for 2020 from several county departments as well as those from outside agencies and organizations, discussed the role of government, balanced priorities, and focused on preparedness for the unknown.

Read more by clicking the link at the title above.


Sunday, August 25, 2019 6:50 AM

Dan Williams Speaks Out at the Teller County Big Tent Event

Candidate for Teller County Commissioner, Dan Williams spoke out yesterday at the Teller County Republican Big Tent Event.

Points he emphasized include the proper role of government, Teller County's changing demographics as all of Southern Colorado grows, and his deep experience in shaping both the widely respected Ordinance 20, addressing vagrancy and camping in Teller County, and the detailed and thoroughly coordinated Teller County Strategic and Operations Plans.

The popular annual event was widely attended by local, state and federal leaders, to include the highly respected University of Colorado Regent, Chance Hill who announced his endorsement of Williams for Teller County Commissioner earlier.

Read more at the link at the title above.


Wednesday, August 21, 2019 10:37 AM

Williams Announces Candidacy for Teller County Commissioner

Excerpt from The Mountain Jackpot:

The county campaign season is off to a roaring early start with two well-known Republican leaders and big GOP hitters bolting from the starting gates with official announcements for the County Commissioner, District 1 spot.


Last week, Dan Williams, the county planner for the last four and a half years, a leader of several veteran organizations and a Republican county assemblyman and congressional district delegate, announced his candidacy for the seat.  [...] (T)his could become the most serious race for the District 1 commissioner district, which encompasses such areas as Cripple Creek/Victor, Florissant and the Four Mile. [...]


Wednesday, August 21, 2019 8:52 AM

CU Regent Endorses Dan Williams for Teller County Commissioner

CU Regent for Colorado's 5th Congressional District, Chance Hill, announced his endorsement of Dan Williams to serve as Teller County Commissioner.

"I wholeheartedly endorse Dan Williams for District 1 Teller County Commissioner.

"I personally know Dan to be a man of great integrity, and he has earned my sincere respect. He is a strategic thinker and a principled leader with years of Teller County government experience in addition to decades of honorable service to our nation as a senior Army officer.

"As a decorated Veteran with multiple combat tours under his belt, Dan has put his own life on the line for our country. He understands what it means to swear an oath to our Constitution and defend it, and he will bring that same sense of duty to the Board of Commissioners.

"Moreover, Dan has fostered great working relationships with many state and federal partners whose decisions impact Teller County—and he will be ready to lead on his first day in office.

"I have full confidence that Dan will fight for the best interests of Teller County, and he has my endorsement and support."

Dan Williams proudly accepts this endorsement and added, "Thanks Chance for your good words, and I look forward to working with you for years to come."


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