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Colorado Springs politician Wayne Williams bounces back on election night

Wayne Williams found political redemption in Tuesday night’s city election in Colorado Springs, as he won a seat on the City Council.

Less than five months earlier, Williams unsuccessfully ran for reelection as Colorado’s secretary of state — despite widespread bipartisan support — as part of a Democratic “blue wave” that swept many state Republicans out of office.

“I realized that only one in 50 Coloradans was actually looking at the individual races,” he said. “Most of them were voting as a bloc. That’s certainly their right to do so. I was happy that one of the congratulations I got was from Jena Griswold, the new secretary of state.”

Williams said he decided to focus more on coming home and making a difference in Colorado Springs. He previously served a term as clerk and recorder, and two terms as commissioner, both in El Paso County.

“I got my start at the old Lowell School and served on the Colorado Springs Housing Authority Board for a decade,” he said. “Tuesday’s election shows that voters are satisfied with how the city is being run by its elected leaders. I want to be a part of that, and make the city an even greater place to live than it already is.”

Williams will be sworn in later this month. He will replace the at-large council seat being vacated by Merv Bennett, who’s retiring after serving the legal maximum of two consecutive terms.

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