Huerfano’s County election: the best kind of Cruz control

Huerfano County Clerk Nancy Cruz with one of her constant smiles as Bill Knowles, a reporter with the World Journal, and Huerfano County Commissioner Gerald Cisneros talk with Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams on Friday in Walsenburg. (SOS photo)

The line at the Huerfano County Clerk’s counter  never seemed to subside on Friday and Clerk Nancy Cruz said it’s not just because of Tuesday’s election.

Marriage licenses, recording documents, Motor Vehicle registrations, the growing population of Huerfano County has lots of business to do and Cruz’s staff make sure it gets done.

Of course, the election is the big thing right now and the staff and election judges were taking in ballots and scanning them on the new equipment from Dominion Voting Systems.

“What a good system,” Cruz said.

Myrna Falk used to work for the clerk’s office and now is an election judge. When asked her age, she replied, “I’m older than dirt.”

“I can remember when we hand counted ballots in the basement,” she said. “I’ve been through a lot of (election) systems, believe me. But being able to run 25 ballots at a time through (Dominion), that’s something.”

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Secretary of State Wayne Williams swings through Las Animas, Huerfano and Custer counties

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams stopped by Trinidad Friday to visit with Clerk Peach Vigil, who took office in January. He's in the storage vault with the chief deputy, Shawn Bazanele, left, and Vigil, right. (Lynn Bartels)
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams stopped by Trinidad Friday to visit with Clerk Peach Vigil, who took office in January. He’s in the storage vault with the chief deputy, Shawn Bazanele, left, and Vigil, right. (Lynn Bartels)

Three new county clerks, two homecoming parades and a dazzling array of fall colors — a fun day on the road Friday with Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams.

Williams, who took office in January, is trying to visit with all new county clerks before the Nov. 3 coordinated election.  On Friday he visited Las Animas, Huerfano and Custer counties.

In Trinidad, he met with Las Animas County Clerk Peach Vigil. Asked about her nickname, she said she was a week old before her mother settled on the name “Patricia” but in the meantime she called her baby “Peaches.”

The nickname stuck. When Vigil started working for Las Animas County, the longtime clerk used to say, “Peach.” The shortened nickname stuck and Vigil put it on the ballot when she ran, otherwise she said even some family members wouldn’t have recognized her as “Patricia Vigil.”

Streets in Trinidad are paved with red bricks and it was there that we encountered our first homecoming parade.

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