Election 2022 results: Gonzalez defeats Pyne in Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder race

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Democrat Amanda Gonzalez has defeated Republican Vicki Pyne in the Jefferson County Clerk and Recorder race.

In the final count on Nov. 9, Gonzalez had 57% of the votes at 163,324.

Pyne, an Arvada resident and president of the Apex Park and Recreation District Board of Directors, received 43% with 122,670.

The Jeffco Clerk & Recorder's Office Tweeted at 8:30 p.m. Nov. 9 that it had finished counting all the ballots in its possession. It expected a final update with any remaining military and overseas ballots on Nov. 17. Election results will be certified in the coming weeks.

Gonzalez, an attorney for a nonprofit, will succeed current Clerk and Recorder George Stern — who was elected in 2018 — and serve a four-year term.

“I’m super-excited,” Gonzalez said. “I got into this race because my background is in nonpartisan election protection work. I’m happy I get to continue that work of ensuring fair, safe and secure elections.”

Along with conducting elections, the Clerk and Recorder’s Office also issues marriage licenses, registers vehicles, records public documents, processes passport and liquor-license applications, and serves as clerk for the Board of County Commissioners.

The Clerk and Recorder also oversees about 115 employees, and Gonzalez said she believes the office has a very skilled staff whose hard work has earned Jeffco a positive reputation.

Gonzalez, an Arvada resident who moved to Jeffco in 2012, has worked as a policy analyst, community organizer and nonprofit director. In 2020, she ran Colorado’s largest nonpartisan election protection effort.

Gonzalez explained how, because she’s done so much nonpartisan work, she was relative newcomer among the local Democrats. Thus, her campaign was a mostly grassroots effort, she described, adding how her campaign volunteers were calling their friends and neighbors until 10 minutes before the polls closed.

She was grateful for all her volunteers, who range from 13 to 88 years old, saying she wouldn't have been successful without them.

Once the 2022 election results are finalized and certified in the coming weeks, Gonzalez will take office in January. In the meantime, she wants to learn as much as she can from Stern and his team.

“This is the first time I’ve ever run (for office), let alone be elected,” she continued. “I want to learn as much as I can from him.”

Her goals include continuing Stern’s digitization efforts and ensuring residents have high-quality experiences with her office.

“As someone who identifies as queer, I want to make sure that everyone is treated with dignity and respect when interacting with the clerk’s office,” Gonzalez said regarding marriage licenses and other services that might impact LGBTQ+ community members.

Even as the 2022 election is wrapping up, Gonzalez said another goal of hers is preparing the Clerk & Recorder’s Office for the 2024 election, remarking how it’s “right around the corner.”

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