Secretary Wayne Williams holds court in Pagosa Springs

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and Archuleta County Clerk June Madrid.
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and Archuleta County Clerk June Madrid.

June Madrid has served as Archuleta County’s clerk and recorder since 1989 — and she worked nine years in the office in two separate stints before that.

The clerk’s office is located across the street from the Pagosa Springs Sun and on a road that curves in front of the big picture window in the clerk’s office, where the commissioners once were located.

So far, no one has slid off the street and through the window, although visitors sometimes ask.

Williams met Madrid’s new elections director, Kristy Arzu, and toured the elections facility in another part of the Archuleta County Courthouse, a facility that has been in the local news for several years because of a leaky roof, flooding, inadequate space and other issues.

“I was very appreciative of Wayne’s visit,” Madrid said. “It makes you feel part of the team. We’ve had secretaries of state we’ve never even met unless they showed up at conferences.”

Madrid was one of nine clerks Williams visited over a four-day period.

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Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams hits the road again

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams in Pagosa Springs on Day 1 of a four-day road trip.
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams in Pagosa Springs on Day 1 of a four-day road trip focused mainly in the southwestern part of the state.

Here’s Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams’ version of spring break: Visited nine county clerks. Checked out five newspaper offices. Attended three Go Code Colorado competitions. Spoke at one Club 20 event.

And all in four days.

Williams began his trip Wednesday morning in Greeley, where he met with Weld County Clerk Carly Koppes. By late afternoon he was in Pagosa Springs, talking to Archuleta County Clerk June Madrid and touring The Pagosa Springs Sun newsroom.

That night, Williams ate dinner in Durango with La Plata County Clerk Tiffany Parker — he visited her office Friday afternoon, too — and by the next morning he was ready to hit the road to talk with three other county clerks.

“Last year I met with all the new county clerks in their offices and this year and I am continuing to go meet with county clerks,” Williams said. “By going to their offices I get a better understanding of their set-ups and their challenges to ensure we are helping meet their needs.”

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SIPA doles out micro-grants to help Colorado governments get online

Andrew Cole, who oversees the Go Code Colorado program and Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, with their micro-grant.
Andrew Cole, who oversees the Go Code Colorado program and Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, with their micro-grant certificate.

An app for anglers statewide, a GIS map for fire hydrants in the Le Veta Fire Protection District and scanning newspaper articles about the Chicano movement for Colorado State University at Pueblo — those proposals and more received micro-grants Tuesday night from a program designed to help government put more information and services online.

The Colorado Secretary of State’s Office also was awarded a grant, of $5,000, for its awarding-winning Go Code Colorado program, which helps make government data more easily assessable and understandable.

The grants were doled out from the Statewide Internet Portal Authority or SIPA, which explores how citizens can electronically access state government information, products and services. Williams serves on SIPA’s board.

More than $100,000 was awarded at the ceremony at the Ralph Carr Judicial Center, where Williams spoke to the crowd. Lawmakers, including Sen. John Kefalas, D-Fort Collins, and Rep. Perry Buck, R-Windsor, were on hand to give out the awards.

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, back right and to the right, and other members of the Statewide Internet Portal Authority after micro-grants were awarded Tuesday night.
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, second row and to the right, and other members of the Statewide Internet Portal Authority after micro-grants were awarded Tuesday night.

Wayne Williams’ new title: Grandpa

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams holds his first grandchild, Mikaya Rose.
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams holds his first grandchild, Mikaya Rose.

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams this month added another title to his name: Grandpa.

Mikaya Rose Williams was born March 11, weighing in at 7 pounds 14 ounces and measuring 20 inches. Her parents, Gregory Alaric and Cassidy Williams, could not be more excited.

Gregory Alaric and Cassidy Williams and their daughter, Mikaya Rose.
Gregory Alaric and Cassidy Williams and their daughter, Mikaya Rose.

The secretary and his wife, Holly, traveled to Utah last week to visit their first grandchild.

He joked that every now and then he was able to get their granddaughter away from Holly so he could hold her.

Wayne and Holly Williams have four children: Sean, Gregory Alaric, Lindsey and Wendy.

At 3:24 a.m. on March 12, Lindsey posted of a picture of herself and her niece on her Facebook page: “Oh, Mikaya Rose, you are so beautiful! I’m so glad you are here. I love you sobriña!”

Candidates turn to Colorado Secretary of State’s office for help

Elections staffer Edward Morgan and Rep. Steve Lebsock, D-Thornton, at the Colorado Secretary of State Office Monday.
Elections staffer Edward Morgan and Rep. Steve Lebsock, D-Thornton, at the Colorado Secretary of State Office Monday.
Arapahoe County commissioner candidate Kathleen Conti fills out her candidate information at the Secretary of State's office Monday.
Arapahoe County commissioner candidate Kathleen Conti fills out her candidate information at the Secretary of State’s office Monday.

Two state lawmakers stopped by the Colorado Secretary of State’s office Monday for a little bit of paperwork help after their county assemblies.

State Rep. Kathleen Conti said after she got home from the Arapahoe County Republican assembly Saturday she realized she hadn’t signed any paperwork and she had in her previous assembly appearances when running for the state House. She is running for county commissioner.

Conti was assisted by the affable Susan Fritz, who works at the front desk.

Conti kept both her opponents, businessman Paulo Sibaja and Littleton City Councilor Phil Cernanec, off the ballot, winning 56.6 percent of the vote to Sibaja’s 24.5 percent and Cernanec’s 18.7 percent Saturday at the Arapahoe County Republican Assembly, according to The Colorado Statesman.

Meanwhile, Rep. Steve Lebsock, D-Thornton, wanted to make sure he had correctly filled out the “legal name” section. Elections staffer Edward Morgan assured him he was fine.

The Republican and Democrats have been holding their county assembles in recent weeks. Some candidates who don’t get at least 30 percent of support from delegates have been contacting the Secretary of State’s office to ask about the other way of getting on the ballot: collecting voter signatures.

UPDATE: Arapahoe County GOP Chair Joy Hoffman stopped by the office today to drop off candidate filings from Saturday’s assembly. When told that Conti had been there the day before, Hoffman pointed out that commissioner paperwork is filed with the county clerk, which happened Monday.