El Paso County clerk to open office at Fort Carson

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams(Carol Lawrence, The Gazette/Special to the SOS)
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams. (Carol Lawrence, The Gazette/Special to the SOS)

Fort Carson on Thursday will become one of the few — if not the only — military post where a clerk-and-recorder’s office is operating on base.

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and El Paso County Clerk Chuck Broerman will be on hand for the grand opening.

Having a clerk’s office on base will allow Fort Carson’s military personnel, staff, contractors and retired military a convenient location to register to vote, record an official document, get a marriage license, obtain a driver’s license and title their vehicle, among other services. Others are welcome to visit the office after getting a day pass at Gate 1.

“When I was out running for office I heard people say, ‘How come governments don’t work together?'” Williams said. “Well, this is a case where government worked together.”

In addition to the clerk’s office, the Mountain Post Soldier Center, as it is called, also will offer an array of services for those stationed at Fort Carson.

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Our own Hilary Rudy, Class of 2016

Hilary Rudy, deputy director of elections for the Colorado Secretary of State, speaks to county clerks at their summer conference earlier this year. At her side is Chaffee County Clerk Lori Mitchell. (SOS photo)
Hilary Rudy, deputy director of elections for the Colorado Secretary of State, speaks to county clerks at their summer conference earlier this month. At her side is Chaffee County Clerk Lori Mitchell. (SOS photo)

Colorado’s deputy elections director, Hilary Rudy, will be honored Friday as one of the top designated election officials in the country.

She will be be known as a “certified elections/registration administrator” or CERA.

That sounds bureaucratese but just think of it as the elections version of getting “made.” But in this case, the ranking comes only after lots of study by the Colorado Secretary of State staffer.

Rudy will receive the designation at a ceremony in Philadelphia Friday.

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams  dealt with Rudy in 2011 when he became El Paso County clerk and recorder. He was sworn in as secretary of state in 2015.

“When I had tough questions about specific issues, she was always the one I called,” he said. “I’m glad she continues to provide excellent support for our 64 counties. Colorado clerks across the state look to Hilary Rudy for guidance.”

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SOS staffer faces long recovery after SUV driver hits his bicycle

Brad Lang, a staffer with the Colorado Secretary of State's Office, has been out of work since the driver of an SUV hit his bicycle. The beard is new as Lang can't shave himself. (Photo by Meg Lang)
Brad Lang, a staffer with the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office, has been out of work since the driver of an SUV hit his bicycle. The beard is new as Lang can’t shave himself. (Photo by Meg Lang)

By Julia Sunny

A bike helmet saved Brad Lang’s life.

The Colorado Secretary of State employee bikes to work on most summer days. On July 28, as he was pedaling westbound in the bike lane on East 23rd Avenue, a white SUV turning from 23rd on to Colorado Boulevard made a left-hand turn and plowed into Lang, who went flying and was knocked unconscious.

When Lang regained consciousness, the 37-year-old was in the emergency room at Denver Health Medical Center. He sustained multiple injuries, including a displaced and broken finger, a severely dislocated and broken elbow, two broken wrists, and a hairline fracture in one of his knees. He underwent surgery and spent 2½-days in the hospital.

“I feel very fortunate that my brain is in one piece and that I’m alive,” Lang said.

The impact was so strong it cracked his helmet in half but doctors expect him to make a full recovery.

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National election guru says Colorado’s “ACE is the place”

Mindy Moretti with electionline.org. She said it was the only photo she could find on deadline.
Mindy Moretti with electionline.org. She said it was the only photo she could find on deadline.

The Secretary of State’s innovative election-data gathering system, Accountability in Colorado Elections or ACE, is the focus of an article in electionlineWeekly — the must read online publication for folks in the election business.

The piece opens with a very Colorado angle:

“At 14,400 feet, Mount Elbert — part of the Sawatch Mountain Range — is the highest peak in Colorado. If you add up and pile up all the data the Colorado secretary of state’s office collects each election cycle, it could rival Mount Elbert for height.”

The article was written by Mindy Moretti, a writer and editor for electionline.org, which bill bills itself as “the nation’s the nation’s only nonpartisan, no-advocacy clearinghouse for election reform news and information.”

Moretti interviewed Judd Choate, the state elections director for the Colorado Secretary of State, who told her: “We collect so much information every day. We just needed to figure out a way to give that information to the people who may find it interesting. This is an effort to bridge the gap between what is officially available and the ease with which you can actually see it.”

Colorado journalists raved about ACE during two workshops last fall showing them how it works.

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Littleton High grad makes my day

Everyone needs a Brett Maney in their lives, a fan whose enthusiasm isn’t so out of control that it sparks a “Law & Order” episode but is so sincere it will make you feel warm all over.

Brett Maney.
Brett Maney.

Brett, a 2014 Littleton High School graduate who is now studying political communication at George Washington University, e-mailed her mother, Lisa Maney, on the opening day of the Colorado County Clerks Association summer conference at the Inverness Hotel in Arapahoe County.

“IF YOU SEE LYNN BARTELS AT THE CONFERENCE,” Brett wrote Monday morning, “PLLLEEAASSEEE TAKE A PHOTO WITH HER PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE.”

“Seriously? “her mother responded. “There are about 500 people.”

Their back-and-forth was priceless. (More on that later.)

Short story long: Fate intervened and I met Lisa. A photo was taken and sent to Brett in D.C. The 20-year-old text immediately text messaged her mother:

“I love you so much it’s unreal.”

Yeah, that happened.

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