Democrat enters race for Clerk and Recorder |

Democrat enters race for Clerk and Recorder

Amanda Holt MillerPost Independent Staff

Jean Alberico announced that she is seeking the Democratic nomination for Garfield County Clerk and Recorder.Mildred Alsdorf, the current Clerk and Recorder, announced her retirement after 27 years in office earlier this year.Alberico has worked in the Clerk and Recorder’s office for 24 years and has been the chief deputy clerk since 1999. If she gets the nomination at the democratic caucuses tonight, she’ll run for the office against her republican co-worker Marian Clayton.Alberico started in the Clerk and Recorder’s office in 1982 after teaching preschool and owning her own day-care practice.”I just needed a job,” Alberico said. “I’d known Mildred for years, and she told me about the opening. It’s turned out to be a kind of calling for me.”Alberico has focused primarily on the motor vehicle department, but has worked closely with Alsdorf during election time and said she feels qualified to take over where Alsdorf leaves off.”I think we need to reach out and make sure that everyone who can vote gets out there to vote,” Alberico said. “We need to be more pro-active with our voter education.”Alberico said voters get confused, because the county can only send out mail-in ballots on off election years and other years voters have to ask for absentee ballots or make plans to go into polling places.Alberico said there are a lot of changes coming down the line where voting is concerned. The county has to go to a computerized system and still maintain a paper trail. It also has to provide access to disabled voters so that they can vote without help from anyone else. It’s time for the county to buy the computerized equipment.Alberico said she hopes for polling centers in the near future, so that voters will be able to cast their ballots anywhere in the country. But in order to do that, all of the polling places have to be hooked into each other.”It’s going to be a big challenge,” Alberico said.And she said she’s up for it.But elections are only part of the Clerk and Recorder’s job. Alberico will have to keep track of real estate transactions and work with other county offices on property tax issues.”Our records room is very busy right now with researchers coming in to look up mineral and surface rights,” Alberico said. She hopes to get those records digitized so people don’t have to come to the office to look them up and to protect them.Alberico said she has relished her experience under Alsdorf and has learned a lot.”She has always placed a high, high emphasis on customer service and helping the citizens,” Alberico said. “I want to continue to stress making time to help people.”

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