Secretary of State Williams talks elections with Prowers County clerk, residents

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams stands behind the Prowers County clerk and recorder staff. They are, left to right, Elizabeth Hainer, Laurie Downing, Beatrice Romero, Jana Coen (County Clerk), Shauna Millspaugh, Vickie Parker and Dan Monson.
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams stands behind the Prowers County clerk and recorder staff. They are, left to right, Elizabeth Hainer, Laurie Downing, Beatrice Romero, Clerk Jana Coen, Shauna Millspaugh, Vickie Parker and Dan Monson.

Secretary of State Wayne Williams met Tuesday with local residents and Prowers County Clerk Jana Coen in the second stop of three town-hall meetings in southeastern Colorado.

“It was good,” Coen said, of the secretary’s visit to Lamar. “He asked if his office was providing the services we need, and I told him they are.”

Williams earlier in the day visited with Baca County residents, and after Lamar he headed to Eads for a town hall meeting in Kiowa County.

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Baca County to Secretary Williams: Howdy, partner

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and other elected officials participated in a town hall this morning in Baca County. From left to right: state Sen. Larry Crowder, Assessor Gayla Thompson. Williams, Treasurer Susan Cochell, Sheriff Dave Campbell and County Clerk Sharon Dubois. (Photo by Sarah Steinman, Plains Herald)
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and other elected officials participated in a town hall this morning in Baca County. From left to right: state Sen. Larry Crowder, Assessor Gayla Thompson, Williams, Treasurer Susan Cochell, Sheriff Dave Campbell and County Clerk Sharon Dubois. (Photo by Sarah Steinman, Plainsman Herald)

It’s 260 miles from Denver to Baca County in the southeastern most part of the state so you can bet that the citizens there appreciated a visit today from Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams.

“It was great,” said County Clerk Sharon Dubois. “I introduced Wayne to everyone — of course, it’s Baca County so I knew everyone.”

Williams, other county elected officials and state Sen. Larry Crowder participated in a town hall meeting at the courthouse in Springfield.

Baca — which the locals and longtime Coloradans pronounce Back-uh —  boasts a population of 3,682 people and the towns of Springfield, Walsh, Campo, Prichett, Two Buttes and Vilas. It borders New Mexico, Oklahoma and Kansas. Baca County is so remote that Dubois said she tells new ministers it probably feels like they’re on a mission.

“We’re closer to Amarillo, Texas, than we are to Pueblo,” she said. “But we’re still Colorado. I just wish they’d quit standing in front of Springfield when they give the weather report.”

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