Tag Archives: Saguache Town Election 2018

Saguache News – October 16

Here Comes The Judge – Is It You!?

By Trish Gilbert, Saguache County Clerk & Recorder

Student Election Judge Program

Are you interested in shaping your community?   Voters elect our leaders and governing bodies whose decisions influence events in the state of Colorado, the United States and, as recent events have proven, the world.    Student Election Judges share firsthand in those events on election day assisting voters as they exercise their constitutional right marking their ballot choices for candidates and issues.  Contact the Saguache County Clerk’s Team today to find out how to be a part of this grass roots lesson in democracy.

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Saguache Town Election Judges (left to right) Alice Wardlow, Bill Hazard and Caroline Irwin helped residents cast their votes in the 2016 Election. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell.

The State Legislature enacted legislation that allows Juniors and Seniors in High School to work at polling places as Student Election Judges. State Statute makes the following provisions:

  • Student Election Judges need not be registered electors.  There are no party affiliation requirements for Student Election Judges.
  • Be at least 16 years old and a Junior or Senior “in good standing” at a public or private high school at the time of the election at which they plan to work;

Submit an application;

  • Have the written consent of a parent or legal guardian;
  • Have the approval of their school’s principal or designated administrator;
  • Be U.S. citizens by the date of the election at which they are scheduled to work;
  • Be willing to serve – knowing that Election Day runs from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. – or longer;
  • Be physically and mentally able to perform the duties of an Election Judge;
  • Attend a mandatory Election Judge class prior to each election at which they work;
  • Never have been convicted of election fraud, other election offenses or fraud; and
  • Not be related to any candidate on the ballot in the precinct where they are working.
  • All applicants must have a Social Security number, which is required on the application. Students cannot be paid without a Social Security number.
  • Even before you turn 18 you can register to vote, and can take part in the election process.


  • You will be paid.
  • Practical experience serving your community.
  • Election Judge experience looks great on a resume or college application.
  • Take part in a rewarding activity while learning about the democratic process!


  • As a student election judge, you will serve alongside other adult election judges at the VSPC (Voter Service and Polling Center). Some of the duties student election judges assist with are:
  • Checking-in voters at the polling places
  • Assisting electors in casting their ballots.
  • Serve as mail-in, mail ballot or early voting judges.

Student Election Judges will be compensated for working Election Day.  Additionally, they may receive payment for attending the mandatory Election Judge Class.

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Since its inception in 2000, the Colorado Secretary of State’s Student Election Judges Program has been a great success for students and a bonus for the county election officials and educators who have participated in the program. During the 2012 Presidential Election hundreds of students around the state joined the ranks of adult Election Judges working cooperatively setting up polling locations, processing voters, ballots and tallying the votes cast.

Student Election Judges will be appointed by and will serve at the discretion of the local Election Official (County Clerk).

Ultimately, we hope it motivates these students to become active voters in their communities and election judge resources for future elections.

Our team would like to give a shout out to Jody Abeyta for recruiting two students from Mountain Valley High School, Samantha Clark and Azlyn DeHerrera, who will be working with us as election judges for the General Election.  Great job Jody and ladies!!


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Saguache News – October 9

Political Forum Scheduled for Saguache Today, Crestone Tomorrow

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Saguache County Incumbent and Candidate for Commissioner Tim Lovato was out pounding the political pavement in downtown Saguache over the weekend. With Election Day 2018 just weeks away the campaigning heats up. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell

As Election Day 2018 draws nearer, the political banter and debate grows louder as Saguache County voters will head to the polls to determine a Sheriff, Clerk & Recorder and County Commissioner.  There are also some local measures voters should be aware.

But if you’re still undecided about the candidates or perhaps haven’t had a chance to ask your questions, there are a couple of upcoming political forums where local candidates will be available for questions.

Tonight the debate will take place at Cozy Castle Cinema in downtown Saguache starting at 6:30 p.m. The event will be moderated by Michale Pacheco and questions may be submitted by clicking on the image below. Doors open at 6 p.m.Saguache Debate

Then tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 10, there will be a Candidates Forum which will take place in Crestone. All candidates are invited to the Meet and Greet starting at 6 p.m. at the Crestone Charter School. Then at 6:30 p.m. the forum will include debate from candidates for contested races only. The events is sponsored by the San Luis Valley League of Women Voters. Questions can be directed to Lynne Thompson at 719-754-9163. The Crestone School is located at 330 E. Lime Avenue.Crestone ForumAnd finally, for voters who can’t make either forum, Saguache Today offers the following videos from the Political Forum for the Primary Election back in June. While Commissioner Candidate Ellen Cox had withdrawn from the race, the other candidates for the BOCC as well as Clerk and Sheriff can be seen here discussing their backgrounds and qualifications, as well as answering questions to regarding pertinent issues.

Clips From The Clerk: Register To Vote

BY Trish Gilbert, Saguache County Clerk & Recorder

To be eligible to register to vote, an applicant must:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen (at the time of completing the application)
  • Be 16 years old.  The person will not be allowed to vote until he/she turns 18
  • Reside in Colorado at least 22 days before the election
  • You may register to vote up to and including Election Day, November 6, 2018.

Here is a complete list of the items on the registration form that are required and optional.

  • Required
    • Name
    • Residence Address
    • Signature (or mark)
    • Citizenship Affirmation
    • Date of Birth
  • Optional
    • Gender
    • Former Address
    • Telephone number and email
  • ID Requirements
    • The applicant must provide the Colorado Driver’s License number (or state ID card number)
    • If the applicant does not have a Colorado Driver’s License or state ID card, the applicant must indicate that by checking the second box and providing the last 4 digits of the Social Security Number
    • If the applicant does not have a Colorado Driver’s License or state ID card or a Social Security Number. The applicant must indicate that by checking the third box.
    • When an applicant fails to provide the required information, the person is entered in the SCORE system as “Incomplete”.
  • Determining Residence
    • Residence is the principal or primary home or place of abode of a person.
    • Residence is a place in which a person’s habitation is fixed and to which that person, whenever absent, has the present intention of returning after a departure or absence, regardless of the duration of the absence.
    • Residence is a permanent building or part of a building and may include a house, condominium, apartment, room in a house, or mobile home.  (A vacant lot or a business address is not a residence.)
    • Residence given for motor vehicle purposes and state income tax purposes is the same for voter registration.
    • No person gains residence or loses residence because of civil or military service of the state or of the United States; while a student at any institution of higher education; or while confined in a correctional facility, jail, or state institution.

Preparing for an election is a year-round activity.  Getting citizens registered to vote is the first big step.  Ballots will be mailed to active registered voters only.  

Help us to help you.  You may go online to register/update your voter registration information at govotecolorado.com.  Or you can come in person to our office located at 501 4th St in Saguache. Let’s show Colorado that Saguache County VOTES.   Remember, every vote counts!

Again, if you have been a resident in Colorado at least 22 days before the election, you can register to vote up to and including Election Day. Jane, Desiree, Ben, Dominique and I are available to assist in (among other things) getting you registered to vote.

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Saguache News – April 4

Saguache Elects Mayor, Trustees for Town Board

Saguache Town voters went to the polls on Tuesday, April 3 and elected Elvie Samora as Mayor, to serve another four years. Samora is presently the Mayor having been appointed to the position in the middle of what was a tumultuous year of politics for a small town of 500 residents. According to Town Clerk Iris Garcia who posted the unofficial election results on the town’s website, Samora tallied 131 votes, followed by Mike Wheeler with 58 votes and 19-year-old Write-In Candidate Julian Miller captured 6 ballots.

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The Meet The Candidates event held on March 31 in anticipation of the April 3 election was well attended. The political forum is sponsored by the Saguache Chamber of Commerce. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell

As for the Board of Trustees, Saguache’s decision at the booth reflected an emerging trend for the 2018 election process – more women in office – as five of the seven choices were determined by the 199 voters who exercised their constitutional rights yesterday. The numbers are as follows.

  • Amber Wilson, 152 votes – 4 year term
  • Wyoma J. Hansen, 142 votes – 4 Year Term
  • Loren J. Aldrich, 132 votes – 2 Year Term
  • Janice Torrez, 123 votes – 2 Year Term
  • Randy Arredondo, 122 votes – 2 year term
  • Timothy H. Chittum, 112 votes – not elected
  • Terry Michael Gillette, 102 votes- not elected

Since almost all the winners are currently serving in their elected positions, it was clear that voters were looking for Trustees with experience and continuity in governance as the Town moves forward on a number of pressing issues, from a new sewer system to complicated water augmentation upgrades. Congratulations to all and thank you for your willingness to serve. 

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Elected Town Board Trustee Randy Arredondo (left) and elected Saguache Mayor Elvie Samora (right) participate in last Saturday’s Meet The Candidate political forum. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell

Saguache News – March 30

Meet Candidates on Saturday for Town Election 

With the Town of Saguache Election just days away on Tuesday, April 3, it’s time for a political roundup report. Vote_electionTomorrow, March 31 there will be a Meet The Candidates event sponsored by the Saguache Chamber of Commerce at the Road & Bridge conference room starting at 2 p.m.


The event gives candidates for Town Trustees, as well as the Mayor of Saguache an opportunity to describe their background, qualifications and reasons they are running for office. Saguache Today will be there to report on the event and share that information for voters who will not able to attend the forum. 

The Town Election will be held on Tuesday, April 3 from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. at Saguache Town Hall. So, it’s time to Meet Your Candidates! According to Iris Garcia, the Saguache Town Clerk, who is charged with coordinating town elections, the following is the list of the candidates as they will appear on the ballot.

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The Saguache Town Hall is located at 504 San Juan Avenue. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell

First, up are the Town Trustee Candidates. The top five – out of seven – vote getters will fill the five (of 6!) open Trustee positions. According to the Town of Saguache website, some of those terms are for two years, and some are for four years. Officers can serve a total eight consecutive years. Municipal elections are non-partisan.

  • Terry Michael Gillette 
  • Randy Arredondo 
  • Amber Wilson 
  • Loren J. Aldrich 
  • Janice Torrez 
  • Timothy H. Chittum 
  • Wyoma J. Hansen

Candidates for Mayor of Saguache

The following list of candidates was acquired from the Town’s Clerk Iris Garcia:

  • Elvie M. Samora
  • Michael Ray Wheeler
  • Write In Candidate: Julian Miller 

Saguache Today will be reporting the April 3 elections results as they become available from the Town Clerk. For additional information about the Town of Saguache elections, call the Town Clerk’s Office, 719-655-2232, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, or email townclerk@townofsaguache.org. The Saguache Town Hall is located at 504 San Juan Avenue. 




Saguache News – January 5

Town Trustees: Serving Ain’t for Sissys

No matter where you turn, when the discussion comes to politics, everyone seems to be shying away. But that never solved anything. And in small rural communities like Saguache, Town management is the axle that keeps the wheel turning.

So with the New Year, comes the reborn hope for democracy, along with the following information from Saguache’s Mayor Pro-Tem and Trustee Luana Lovato regarding the town’s upcoming election this April and the positions that are open.

Swearing in Saguache Town Board April 2016

All elected officials take an oath to uphold and defend the State Constitution, as did these elected Town Trustees did in April 2016. Photo Saguache Today/Lynn Nowiskee.

A Public Service Announcement Submitted by Luana Lovato, Saguache Mayor Pro-Temp

The Town of Saguache needs citizens to run for the Office of Town Trustee, or Mayor. During the last election cycle, I challenged the citizens of Saguache to consider running for a position on the Town Board. I was so happy to see citizens step up and run for office.

The Town of Saguache has made great strides in the last 6 months and is headed in a good direction. It would be awesome if citizens decided to become involved in the future of our Town and run for office. Petition packets are available beginning January 2, 2018, and must be returned with the required verified signatures by January 22, 2018. Packets are available at the Town Hall located at 504 San Juan Ave., Saguache Colorado. There is a very short window to collect signatures on the petitions. All you need is a minimum of 10 signatures.

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The Saguache Town Hall is located at 504 San Juan Avenue. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell

Anyone interested in giving back to our wonderful community and help direct the future of Saguache should definitely run for office. These are very important appointments for our Town. 2018 TOWN OF SAGUACHE MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS The Town of Saguache Regular Municipal Elections are held on the first Tuesday of April in even numbered years by polling place ballot locations. For the 2018 election that date will be Tuesday, April 3, 2018. At each election, eligible electors can vote for candidates nominated to fill vacancies on the Board of Trustees.

Eligibility Requirements (C.R.S 31-10-301) to run:

  • Candidate must be at least 18 years of age by the date of the election (Tuesday, April 3, 2018).
  • Candidate must be a registered voter by the time of the candidate’s nomination.
  • Candidate must be a primary resident of the Town of Saguache for a period of at least 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the election.
  • Candidate must maintain residency throughout the term in office.
  • Candidate must have resided within the State of Colorado for at least 22 days prior to the election.
  • Candidate must be properly registered with the Saguache County Clerk and Recorder.
  • Candidate may not be a candidate for more than one office at the same election or hold two municipal offices.

There are a number of Saguache Town positions that need to be filled in 2018.

  • The Mayor of Saguache
  • Town Trustees (5 out of the six positions need to be filled)
    •  (3) four-year positions
    • (2) two-year positions.

The three four-year Trustee positions (2018-2022) shall be awarded to the candidates receiving the highest number of votes. The two candidates receiving the next highest vote totals will fill the two positions with a term expiration of 2020.

Candidate packets can be obtained at the Saguache Town hall at 504 San Juan Avenue. For information regarding the election and the election calendar please click the link below or contact the Town Clerk at 719-655-2232 or by email at townclerk@townofsaguache.org or visit town hall.