Hail to the “Chief,” Adams County’s Christi Coburn

Christi Coburn, second from right, the elections administrator for Adams County Clerk Stan Martin, right, this week received an award from the Colorado County Clerks Association. Also pictured are Secretary of State Wayne Williams, Pam Anderson, the executive director of the clerks group, state elections director Judd Choate, and Chaffee County Clerk Lori Mitchell, president of CCAA. The backdrop features a picture of the Steam Plant in Salida. (SOS photo)

Christi Coburn’s election experience spans five secretaries of state and five county clerks, and this week she was honored by the Colorado County Clerks Association for her efforts.

Coburn received the Michelle Burton Excellence in Elections Service Award. She was nominated by her boss, Adams County Clerk Stan Martin.

“Christi has shown time again her dedication to the voters, to the integrity of the entire elections process  and to my staff,” Martin said. “She has been instrumental in transforming our organization for the better and improving staff morale and our organization processes.”

Her colleagues, he said, call Coburn “Chief.”

The Michelle Burton award honors “those who demonstrate love and extra devotion to the election process.” The other finalists were Jami Goff from Fremont County and Jenny Thomas from Routt County. Both run their county’s elections.

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Secretary Williams visits Fremont County for clerks’ meeting

Secretary of State Wayne Williams is flanked by Fremont County’s chief deputy clerk, Dotty Gardunio, and Clerk Katie Barr. The Fremont County clerk’s office is hosting a regional clerks meeting. (SOS photo)

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams visited scenic, friendly Fremont County twice in two days as county clerks in the southern region are meeting in Cañon City.

Williams addressed the clerks Wednesday morning, answering questions, fielding compliments and talking about how new ballot measures voters passed in 2016 will impact their operations.

“Some of you are wondering will there be an issue on the ballot this November. Why might you care?” Williams asked, and then explained that if a statewide issue is on the ballot then counties get reimbursed from the state some of the costs of running an election.

One proposal going through the legislature would ask voters in November to decide on a sales tax increase to help fix Colorado’s roads. It is sponsored by Cañon City’s own Kevin Grantham, the Senate president and a Republican, and House Speaker Crisanta Duran, a Denver Democrat. The first committee hearing on their proposal, House Bill 1242, is being held today at the state capitol.

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Turnout varies in primary, but county, Colorado election officials busy

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The crew at Denver Elections and various Colorado Secretary of State staffers pose for a group shot after a visit Wednesday, June 22, by some state election staffers. The state was observing Denver using Dominion Voting Systems.

Fremont County Clerk Katie Barr isn’t sure whether her county is headed to its lowest primary election turnout in years or if there’s going to be a rush of ballots on Tuesday.

“It’s really slow,” she said. “I don’t know why people aren’t participating in the primary this year.”

Larimer County Clerk Angela Myers told the Loveland Herald Reporter what drives turnout is contested local races and this year there aren’t a lot of them in her jurisdiction.

It’s another story in Denver, where an open race for district attorney, an open seat on the University of Colorado board of regents and some open legislative racesare driving up Democratic turnout past 2012 and 2014 primary levels, said Denver elections director Amber McReynolds.

The  primary election is Tuesday. Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and his staff met with clerks and county election directors last week and will visit others on Monday in preparation for the election.

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