GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — Mesa County elections in the past two years have been bumpy, but hold on tight the rides are not over yet.
In the state of Colorado, one person can’t run for two elected positions. Mesa County Clerk, Tina Peters originally announced a candidacy for re-election, “I felt like I needed to stay in Mesa County and finish what I started there,” Peters says.
Now, Peters is wanting to expand her role to Colorado Secretary of State, “It is now important, more important to finish what we started for the whole state,” Peters said.
With Peters looking to the State Capitol, space on the Mesa County Clerks ballot has cleared up, “I had a plan to run regardless who I was running against,” Bobbie Gross, (R) Clerk candidate says.
Republican Clerk candidate Bobbie Gross ran against Peters back in 2018, “My job was to preserve election records for 25 months and that I did,” Peters says.
Gross is looking towards the future, with her more than 10 years of election experience, “My plan is to go forward and make sure that i can bring that experience and integrity back to the office,” Gross said.
In the last two years, more than a dozen employees left the Clerk’s office, but Director of Elections Brandi Bantz, did not, “There have been some challenges, all eyes have been on us and looking at every step and process that we do but I think that’s good,” Bantz says.
“I plan to keep the current staff, I think they are knowledgeable and I hope they would be supportive of whoever wins the race for clerk and recorder,” Gross says.
Colorado has been called the gold standard of elections, a standard Gross wants back in Mesa County, “We need to bring that trust back to the voters and in the elections office,” Gross said.
Gross isn’t the only candidate running for the clerk’s position. Voters will also see libertarian candidate, Robert Ballard.
Ballard says he’s not interested in red versus blue politics, and believes its time for a third party candidate.
Source: Grand Junction Local News | Who is left on the ballot for Mesa County Clerk