Talking to Costilla County, then & now

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams with Costilla County Clerk Karen Garcia, left, and her staffers Najondine Placek and Miranda Esquibel. (SOS photo/Eddie Morgan)
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams with Costilla County Clerk Karen Garcia, left, and her staffers Najondine Placek and Miranda Esquibel during a visit one year ago. (SOS photo/Eddie Morgan)

By Lynn Bartels and Eddie Morgan

Costilla County Clerk and Recorder Karen Garcia had never had a secretary of state visit her office — until Wayne Williams dropped by one year ago.

Williams visited three other county clerks that September day as part of his effort to check in on the elected officials, view their election set up and see if there is any way his office can help. The office published blogs about the other clerk visits, but wasn’t able to get a hold of Costilla County to check some details.

Fast forward to Wednesday when Williams visited Salida, where clerks from the southern region were holding training. Williams met two staffers from Costilla County. Costilla County? We wrote a blog about you, but couldn’t publish it because we had check out some final details.

“We kept looking for it,” staffer Miranda Esquibel said.

“No one answered any phone number we called,” she was informed, only to be told the number changed but the old one continued to ring, making people think it was still in service.

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