15 minutes with … a Garfield County election judge
Lives: in Glenwood SpringsAge: 75 Place of birth: ChicagoOccupation: Retired high school business education and journalism teacher (including 15 years at Basalt High School).When did you move to Garfield County and why? 1972, because of my husband’s employment. (Lyle Troth worked in administration at Colorado Mountain College.)First thing you’d do or buy after winning the lottery? I think I would just buy property for my kids.First or best job ever? I was a clerk at my bank. Best job ever of course was teaching. Teaching was my life.How long an election judge: This the 14th year.Why you became an election judge: Because they needed judges.
What the job entails: It’s a lot of detail work. Repetitious detail work. (The primary responsibility is) just to make sure you do everything right and that the numbers agree when you finish.Most memorable election night? Probably the last presidential election, because I don’t remember any of the others.Most difficult election night? There are no difficult ones, really. We just do what needs to be done.What’s your favorite part of being an election judge? I think it’s working with our team. We have a really neat group.Democrat or Republican? RepublicanEarly voter or Election Day voter? I always vote by mail, for convenience, and because I’ve never been free to go to the polls the last 14 years.If you could invite any three people to dinner, who would it be, what would you serve and what would you talk about? Newt Gingrich, writer Jerome Corsi, television personality Glenn Beck. We’d talk about the state of the nation and I’d serve, oh, I don’t know … lasagna, I guess.First time you voted? I have absolutely no idea. Probably when I turned of age, and I was in college then.If you could ask one thing of voters, what would it be? To vote early. Not often, just early.Favorite fashion designer brand? Nope.
Best vacation ever? Probably British Columbia.What do you do in your spare time? Play tennis and ski and ride my bike. Greatest accomplishment? I couldn’t pinpoint anything, I don’t think.Ever had a book, movie, news event change your life? I don’t think so.Best piece of advice you’ve ever received, or a cliché to live by? Give to the world the best you have and the best comes back to you.As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Anything but a teacher. I didn’t like classrooms and chalkboards and all of that.If you had only three TV channels, what would you watch? Fox News, PBS, the Tennis Channel.Any tattoos? No.What’s the greatest invention of all time? Obviously it’s the computer.
FavoritesMovie: My favorite stage play is “Phantom of the Opera,” but I don’t think the movies of that production have been that great.Breakfast cereal: Granola.Song: Not as such.Singer: Michael Crawford. He was the original Broadway star of “Phantom of the Opera.”Athlete: Andre AgassiFood: ChocolateWeb site: The Drudge ReportPlace in Garfield County: Let’s see, the Maroon Bells is in Pitkin County. So, Sunlight ski area.Sport to watch: That’s tennis.
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