Wayne Williams hits the road again

Secretary of State Wayne Williams stands at the top of Molas Pass, 10,910 feet, in the San Juan Mountains in southern Colorado this week, where he was visiting county clerks.  (SOS photo)

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams visited three southwestern counties this week to check in with clerks prior to this year’s midterm elections to see if they needed any help from his office.

Williams thanked the clerks for heading to the Denver metro area earlier this month to attend a training exercise called EPIC — Election Preparedness for Infrastructure and Cybersecurity. National and state cybersecurity officials attended the event, where clerks and county officials handled various Election Day scenarios thrown at them.

Ben Schler, the Secretary of State’s legal and policy manager, accompanied Williams on the trip. Schler, who grew up on a farm just outside of Durango, said he was happy to see the fall colors and to “make sure that we provide the clerks with the support they need.”

This week’s deadline for the clerks: Military and overseas ballots must go out by Saturday.

The secretary and Schler met with clerks in San Juan, San Miguel and Alamosa counties.

“I made a commitment when I  first ran for this office to visit every county every two years. So far, we have hit 61 counties in this cycle,” Williams said. “Colorado is incredibly beautiful, especially this time of the year with the leaves turning.”

Here’s a look at each visit:

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Secretary Wayne Williams visits small and scenic San Juan County

San Juan County Commissioner Ernest Kuhlman and Clerk Ladonna Jaramillo with Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams.
San Juan County Commissioner Ernest Kuhlman and Clerk Ladonna Jaramillo with Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams.

Between them, San Juan County Clerk Ladonna Jaramillo and Board of Commission Chairman Ernest Kuhlman — who both are unaffifliated — have more than six decades of service to the almost 700 residents of San Juan County.

And it shows when the two are talking because they like to have fun.

Jaramillo told Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams said she doesn’t need an alarm to get up, even on days when she hunts. “My alarm hasn’t been used in years,” she said.

“That’s because you can’t hear,” Kuhlman told her.

Some county clerks take the minutes of the commissioners’ meeting, but Jaramillo said she doesn’t want to because “they would put me to sleep.”

“Everything we do here is important,” Kuhlman countered.

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