Colorado County Clerks Association honors four lawmakers

State Rep. Dominick Morena, Secretary of State Wayne Williams, Arapahoe County Clerk Matt Crane and lobbyist Mike Beasley at the Colorado County Clerks Association meeting Monday. Crane is president of the group, which honored four lawmakers, including Moreno. (SOS photo)
State Rep. Dominick Moreno, Secretary of State Wayne Williams, Arapahoe County Clerk Matt Crane and lobbyist Mike Beasley at the Colorado County Clerks Association conference Monday. Crane is president of the group, which honored four lawmakers, including Moreno. (SOS photo)

The Colorado County Clerks Association today recognized three lawmakers who sponsored a bill to make it easier for clerks to maintain or upgrade equipment used to record documents.

The effort to pass the bill actually began two to three years ago, CCCA director Pam Anderson told clerks at their summer conference, which began Monday.

A lot of people put a lot of effort into getting Senate Bill 115 passed, she said, including the sponsors. The bill was sponsored by two Republicans, Rep. Kathleen Conti of Littleton and Sen. Beth Martinez Humenik of Thornton, and Rep. Dominick Moreno, a Commerce City Democrat.

“With perseverance you can get things done at the Capitol,” Humenik told the clerks. “Sometimes it just takes several years.”

The clerks association also honored outgoing Speaker Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, a Boulder Democrat who is only the second woman to lead the House. She carried House Bill 1303 in 2013, which made major changes in Colorado’s election laws.

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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.