The three Rs for Colorado’s county clerks

The Colorado County Clerks Association winter conference kicked off Wednesday in Colorado Springs. From left to right: Arapahoe County Clerk Matt Crane, CCCA director Pam Anderson, Pueblo County Clerk Bo Ortiz and Logan County Clerk Pam Bacon. (SOS photo)
The Colorado County Clerks Association winter conference kicked off Wednesday in Colorado Springs. From left to right: Arapahoe County Clerk Matt Crane, CCCA director Pam Anderson, Pueblo County Clerk Bo Ortiz and Logan County Clerk Pam Bacon. (SOS photo)

After the year Colorado’s county clerks had in 2016, it’s no wonder they chose this theme for their winter conference underway in Colorado Springs: “Rejuvenate. Recharge. Relax.”

In between seminars on the US Postal Service and mail ballots, Motor Vehicle operations and electronic recordings, clerks and their staffs could take part in a social painting class, a nature walk at Garden of the Gods and yoga.

Darryl Glenn, chairman of the El Paso County Board of Commissioners and the GOP’s U.S. Senate nominee last year, acknowledged the hard work of Colorado’s 64 county clerks.

“I don’t think you guys receive enough praise,” he said Wednesday when he welcomed the clerks and their staffs.

Washington County Clerk Garland Wahl and Mesa County Clerk Sheila Reiner during a social painting class. (SOS photo)
Washington County Clerk Garland Wahl and Mesa County Clerk Sheila Reiner during a social painting class. (SOS photo)

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams will address the association on Friday, recapping last year’s election, outlining proposed legislation and discussing the impact of two ballot measures that change how unaffiliated voters can participate in primary elections and presidential primaries.

Colorado, as you might remember, is the state where GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump in back-to-back campaign stops during one weekend in October suggested the state’s elections were rigged (another R word) — a suggestion that received pushbacks from Williams and other fellow Republicans.

Colorado is the state where one of nine electors took an oath to vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton, who won Colorado on Nov. 8, and then in the next minute voted for someone else.

Thursday will see a changing of the guard for the Colorado County Clerks Association. Logan County Clerk Pam Bacon will takes over the presidency from Arapahoe County Clerk Matt Crane. Chaffee County Clerk Lori Mitchell will become president-elect of the organization.

El Paso County Clerk Chuck Broerman is the conference host.