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BARTELS: Secretary of State Williams talks elections with Prowers County clerk, residents

Author: Lynn Bartels - June 11, 2016 - Updated: June 11, 2016

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Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams stands behind the Prowers County clerk and recorder staff. They are, left to right, Elizabeth Hainer, Laurie Downing, Beatrice Romero, Jana Coen (County Clerk), Shauna Millspaugh, Vickie Parker and Dan Monson.
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams stands behind the Prowers County clerk and recorder staff. They are, left to right, Elizabeth Hainer, Laurie Downing, Beatrice Romero, Clerk Jana Coen, Shauna Millspaugh, Vickie Parker and Dan Monson.

Secretary of State Wayne Williams met Tuesday with local residents and Prowers County Clerk Jana Coen in the second stop of three town-hall meetings in southeastern Colorado.

“It was good,” Coen said, of the secretary’s visit to Lamar. “He asked if his office was providing the services we need, and I told him they are.”

Williams earlier in the day visited with Baca County residents, and after Lamar he headed to Eads for a town hall meeting in Kiowa County.

Sen. Larry Crowder, who accompanied Williams, called the town halls informative.

“We had a lot of questions from the audience. They asked about veterans issues and economic development and elections,” Crowder said. “It was very productive.”

Coen worked in the clerk’s office for 20 years before becoming clerk seven years ago. “I thought I knew everything about the office when I got elected, but ‘Whoa,’” she said.

County clerks statewide offer a variety of services, from motor vehicle registrations to recording all kinds of documents, including marriage licenses. They also run elections. Coen now has six staffers after she recently hired someone to help with elections.

Her office this week mailed out around 1,300 ballots to Democrats and around 2,700 ballots to Republicans in Prowers County for the June 28 primary election. The only contested race is the GOP primary for U.S. Senate, which features five candidates. The legislative, commission and other races are not contested in the primary election.

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Lynn Bartels

Lynn Bartels

Lynn Bartels worked as a journalist for 35 years, including 16 years at the Rocky Mountain News and six years at The Denver Post, before retiring in 2015 and going to work as the spokeswoman for the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office.