Secretary of State Wayne Williams swings through Las Animas, Huerfano and Custer counties

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams stopped by Trinidad Friday to visit with Clerk Peach Vigil, who took office in January. He's in the storage vault with the chief deputy, Shawn Bazanele, left, and Vigil, right. (Lynn Bartels)
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams stopped by Trinidad Friday to visit with Clerk Peach Vigil, who took office in January. He’s in the storage vault with the chief deputy, Shawn Bazanele, left, and Vigil, right. (Lynn Bartels)

Three new county clerks, two homecoming parades and a dazzling array of fall colors — a fun day on the road Friday with Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams.

Williams, who took office in January, is trying to visit with all new county clerks before the Nov. 3 coordinated election.  On Friday he visited Las Animas, Huerfano and Custer counties.

In Trinidad, he met with Las Animas County Clerk Peach Vigil. Asked about her nickname, she said she was a week old before her mother settled on the name “Patricia” but in the meantime she called her baby “Peaches.”

The nickname stuck. When Vigil started working for Las Animas County, the longtime clerk used to say, “Peach.” The shortened nickname stuck and Vigil put it on the ballot when she ran, otherwise she said even some family members wouldn’t have recognized her as “Patricia Vigil.”

Streets in Trinidad are paved with red bricks and it was there that we encountered our first homecoming parade.

 

Secretary of State Wayne Williams and Huerfano County Clerk Nancy Cruz. (Lynn Bartels)
Secretary of State Wayne Williams and Huerfano County Clerk Nancy Cruz. (Lynn Bartels)
Secretary of State Wayne Williams and Huerfano County Clerk Nancy Cruz. (Lynn Bartels)
Secretary of State Wayne Williams and Custer County Clerk Kelley Camper. (Lynn Bartels)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Walsenburg, the parade was just winding up as we pulled into town. I told the secretary if we weren’t running late I would have put him on a float and snapped a picture.

Huerfano County Clerk Nancy Cruz praised the help she gets from the secretary of state’s election division, joking she has the staff on “speed dial.” It’s a sentiment Williams has heard at every stop, where local clerks rave about the efficiency of the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office.

Then it was on to Westcliffe, where the staff showed off the cool looking Custer County courtroom.  Clerk Kelley Camper said that during elections, election judges take over the county commissioner’s office to check ballots. The staff stayed late to accommodate the secretary’s visit. Nice.