Jeffco clerk & recorder candidate profile: Vicki Pyne, Republican

Posted 6/12/22

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Jeffco clerk & recorder candidate profile: Vicki Pyne, Republican

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Bio: My husband and I moved to Colorado in 1986.  We are the proud parents of 5 beautiful kids, and grandparents to 8.5 amazing grandkids.  We have a small business, I work for a non-profit, and am currently President of the Board of Directors for Apex Park and Recreation District.  

 

Why are you running for Clerk & Recorder?  

 The Clerk and Recorder’s Office connects with every adult in the county through motor vehicles, licensing, recording documents, passports, or voting. I have lived in the county for 35 years, raised my family here, and volunteered in multiple capacities. This is an important office. I want to use my experience and expertise to improve processes, offer the best services possible, and improve the systems that are in place. That includes bringing back drop-in services to the DMV in addition to the appointment system, eliminating kiosk fees for users, and assuring a secure voting process for all registered voters. 

 

 What is your biggest strength as a candidate?  

This position includes oversite of multiple processes. I am confident in my ability to oversee and improve these. Additionally, I have experience in budget oversight, program development, management, and policy creation and implementation. These are valuable qualities in a candidate. Most importantly in my mind, is a genuine love and appreciation of my community with a desire to make everyone feel accepted, valued, and heard. In taking this position, I want the opportunity to help people, to respond to their needs, and to improve the experience they have in the offices they pay for with their hard-earned tax dollars. 

 

What are your thoughts on recent controversies about election security in the country? 

I don’t think there is any question that every citizen wants a secure and legal election. I am not concerned by people asking questions and wanting answers. I think questioning systems is healthy because we are then motivated to improve processes.  When we are in trouble, is when people stop asking or caring. I do know, as a county, we can be better at cleaning up the voter rolls. This would not only assure one vote per legal voter, but it would also be fiscally responsible, and that is not controversial.   

What would you do to encourage more voter participation, and why do you think that’s important? 

 I have five kids, and this is what I said to them: A lot of lives were lost to earn the freedoms and rights we have. A lot of sacrifices have preserved those freedoms and rights. It is the duty of every citizen to vote and have their voice involved in the work of our Republic. I also have been known to say if you don’t vote you don’t have the right to complain, which I say with a smile, but I am serious. Increasing community engagement and voter registration is a priority any Clerk and Recorder should have.   

Anything else you want voters to know? 

 I have served six years on the Board of Directors for Apex PRD. The opportunity to provide programming to every member of our community, responding to their needs, has been a highlight. We are experiencing difficult economics which requires thoughtful consideration of each dollar spent. When I decided to run, I decided raising money for a lasting benefit would mean more than raising money for mailers and robocalls. I set up donations on my website, vickiforjeffco.com, to go straight to Apex PRD, earmarked specifically for an all-abilities playground. If I am elected, I will be honored to serve Jefferson County. 

 

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