Secretary of Wayne Williams visits two clerks in southwest Colorado

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams visits with election officials in Durango today. From left to right: Crystal Tweet in the Durango municipal clerk's office, Municipal Clerk Amy Phillips, La Plata County elections administrator Erin Hutchins, Williams, La Plata County Clerk Tiffany Parker and Parker's chief deputy, Ashli Stuckman.
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams visits with election officials in Durango today. From left to right: Crystal Tweet in the Durango municipal clerk’s office, municipal clerk Amy Phillips, La Plata County elections administrator Erin Hutchins, Williams, La Plata County Clerk Tiffany Parker and Parker’s chief deputy, Ashli Stuckman.
In addition, Montezuma County Clerk and Recorder Kim Percell and Secretary of State Wayne Williams at her office in Cortez on Friday.
In addition, Montezuma County Clerk and Recorder Kim Percell and Secretary of State Wayne Williams at her office in Cortez on Friday.

Secretary of State Wayne Williams on Friday toured La Plata County’s elections warehouse, where materials are stored and where the folks who process mail ballots and verify voter signatures do their work when the busy season hits.

In addition, Williams visited with Montezuma County Clerk and Recorder Kim Percell, who delayed the start of her vacation so she could meet with the secretary in Cortez.

Colorado’s coordinated election is Nov. 3. Mail ballots go out next week.

Williams met with La Plata County Clerk and Recorder Tiffany Parker and her staff at the elections office in Durango and later toured the warehouse. Parker said she and Amy Phillips, the Durango municipal clerk, work very closely together “which is why it was so important for Amy to meet the secretary.”

“Wayne is a good man,” said Parker, who also is president of the Colorado County Clerks Association. “I appreciate his openness to touring our office and our warehouse.”

Williams, who served one term as El Paso County clerk and recorder, took office in January as Colorado’s 38th secretary of state. He was the first sitting county election official elected as secretary of state. Williams has been traveling the state and meeting with clerks to see what assistance his office can provide

 

Secretary Williams updates county clerks on NFIB lawsuit

Secretary of State Wayne Williams, back and center, with county clerks from the state's southern regional at their fall meeting Tuesday in Alamosa. (Clerk photo)
Secretary of State Wayne Williams, back and center, with county clerks from the state’s southern region at their fall meeting Tuesday in Alamosa. (Clerk photo)

Secretary of State Wayne Williams gave county clerks in southern Colorado an update Tuesday on a lawsuit the state’s leading small-business group filed against his office, saying money collected through business filing fees shouldn’t be used to pay for election costs.

The clerks asked Williams to draw up a summary they can present to their commissioners on the fiscal impact  of the lawsuit filed by the National Federation of Independent Business. A Denver judge, who heard arguments in the case last week, is expected to make a ruling within two months.

Clerks present at the conference were, left to right, Melanie Woodward of Alamosa County, Lawrence Gallegos of Conejos,  Tiffany Parker of La Plata, Debbi Green of Park, Krystal Brown of Teller, Secretary Williams,  Lori Mitchell of Chaffee,  Kelley Camper of Custer, Cindy Hill of Rio Grande, Patti Nickell of Bent,  Carla Gomez of Saguache, Nancy Cruz of Huerfano,  Peach Vigil of Las Animas and Kathy Simillion of Gunnison.

Pueblo County Clerk Bo Ortiz wasn’t in the shot — he had stepped out to take a call when it was snapped.

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