Secretary Wayne Williams discusses Nov. 3 election with county clerks

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, center, and county clerks from the state's mountain region, met Wednesday in Rifle. They are standing in front of the stained glass window in the Rifle Library that commemorates Theodore Roosevelt's visits to the area.
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, center, and county clerks from the state’s mountain region, met Wednesday in Rifle. They are standing in front of the stained glass window in the Rifle Library that commemorates Theodore Roosevelt’s visits to the area.
Members of the Secretary of State's employee relations committee serve up pancakes to the staff Wednesday morning as part of an office fundraiser. They are, from left to right
Members of the Secretary of State’s employee relations committee serve up pancakes to the staff Wednesday morning as part of an office fundraiser. They are, from left to right, Abbas Montoya, Kris Reynolds, Jan Perry and Lynn Waring.

Secretary of State Wayne Williams hit the road again on Wednesday, this time heading to Rifle to meet with the mountain region county clerks at their fall meeting.

Williams already has traveled to Limon to meet with clerks from the eastern side of the state and to Alamosa to meet with clerks from the south.

But going to Rifle meant Williams missed the Colorado Secretary of State’s office breakfast sponsored by the Employee Relations Committee. Plenty of pancakes for $1.50 and two pieces of bacon for 50 cents.  It was the perfect way to start the first day of fall.

Among the topics the secretary and the clerks discussed: the upcoming election on Nov. 3. Only one statewide measure is on the ballot, Proposition BB, which The Denver Post says offers voters “a choice” on how to handle  $66.1 million in marijuana taxes collected in the first year of legal pot. Should lawmakers have permission to spend the money on school construction and other programs? Or should the state refund the money, giving most of it back to recreational pot growers and users?

Most counties also have on their ballots local school board races and issues from special districts or municipalities. During National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, Williams talked about two 2013 school board races when he was clerk and recorder of El Paso County. Both were decided after a single vote — and that was after a recount.

Mineral is the only county that has just the statewide issue on the ballot.

The clerks pictured with Williams are, from left to right, Pam Phipps of Clear Creek County, Sara Rosene of Grand, Boots Campbell of Rio Blanco, Tressa Guynes of Montrose, Michele Nauer of Ouray, Kim Bonner of Routt, Janice Voss Caudill of Pitkin, Kathleen Erie of San Miguel, Lila Herod of Moffatt, Jean Alberico of Garfield and Teri Stephenson of Delta.