Lynn Bartels: Seeing double in Moffat County
Moffat County Clerk Lila Herod admits she has a slight case of senioritis — she’s term-limited after 2018, which means she’ll be leaving the office in which she has worked since she was 25.
But, Herod knows she really doesn’t have time to accommodate that senioritis. She has two big elections to oversee, starting Nov. 6, and she’s doing it without the help of deputy county clerk Tori Pingley, who delivered twins Aug. 23. Scarlett Jane and Colt Wesley join a big sister, Arlea Jean, who just turned 4. Pingley is on maternity leave.
“You’re really going to let her be gone through the November election?” Secretary of State Wayne Williams jokingly asked Herod during a recent visit to the clerk’s office in Craig.
“Do I really have a choice? I’m lucky she didn’t take double maternity leave since she had twins,” Herod said, with a laugh.
By the way, they’re warning folks about the water at the Moffat County Courthouse. That’s because a staffer for Moffat County Treasurer Linda Peters also recently delivered twins.
Herod said the ballot for the Nov. 7 election will be full, though there is no statewide measure. The junior college and the water conservancy district have mill levy questions, the school district has board races and the town of Dinosaur has a marijuana issue on the ballot.
“It’s going to be a busy election,” said Herod, who went to work for the clerk’s office in 1989 and was first elected clerk and recorder in 2010 — the same year Williams was elected El Paso County clerk and recorder.
Herod’s final election as county clerk will be the November 2018 general election, when Coloradans elect a governor — it’s an open race, because Gov. John Hickenlooper is term-limited — a lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general and state treasurer. Williams is running for re-election.
Also on the ballot will be races for Congress and the legislature.
Williams also recently visited clerks in Routt and Rio Blanco counties. His goal since taking office in 2015 has been to meet with clerks in their offices to see how the Secretary of State’s office can help and what issues the staffs might be facing.
Lynn Bartels worked as a journalist for 35 years, including 16 years at Rocky Mountain News and six years at The Denver Post, before retiring in 2015 and going to work as spokeswoman for the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office. The South Dakota native said she never dreamed that growing up with a Republican father and a Democratic mother would provide such great training for a career covering politics.
Imagine that there’s a town next to a raging river, with a waterfall just five minutes downstream. One day, the residents of this town notice people caught in the river and many are going right over the waterfall’s edge. What can the townspeople do to save these people?