Moffat County Clerk Lila Herod admits she has a slight case of senioritis — she’s term limited after 2018, which means she’ll be leaving the office where she has worked since she was 25.
But Herod knows she really doesn’t have time accommodate that senioritis. She has two big elections to oversee, starting with the Nov. 6 election. And she’s doing it without the help of deputy county clerk Tori Pingley, who delivered twins on Aug. 23. Scarlett Jane and Colt Wesley join a big sister, Arlea Jean, who just turned 4. Pingley is on maternity leave.
“You’re really going to let her be gone through the November election?” Secretary of State Wayne Williams jokingly asked Herod when he visited the clerk’s office in Craig on Friday.
“Do I really have a choice? I’m lucky she didn’t take double maternity leave since she had twins,” Herod said with a laugh.
By the way, they’re warning folks about the water at the Moffat County Courthouse. That’s because a staffer for Routt County Treasurer Linda Peters also recently delivered twins.
Herod said the ballot for the Nov. 7 election will be full although there is no statewide measure. The junior college and the water conservancy district have mill-levy questions, the school district has board races and the town of Dinosaur has a marijuana issue on the ballot.
“It’s going to be a busy election,” said Herod, who went to work for the clerk’s office in 1989, and was first elected clerk and recorder in 2010 — the same year Williams was elected El Paso County clerk and recorder.
Herod’s last election will be the November 2018 general election, when Colordans elect a governor — it’s an open race because Democrat John Hickenlooper is term limited — a lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general and state treasurer. Williams is running for re-election.
Also on the ballot will be races for Congress, the legislature and such.
Williams also visited clerks in Routt and Rio Blanco counties on Friday. His goal since taking office in 2015 has been to meet with clerks in their offices to see how the Secretary of State’s office can help and what issues the staffs might be facing.