Latest updates from the campaign:
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
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!
(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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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."