Republican Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters announces candidacy for Colorado secretary of state
Republican Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters announced she’s running for Colorado secretary of state in 2022 while she continues to be the subject of ongoing federal, local and state investigations.
The clerk and recorder who has embraced 2020 election conspiracy theories made the announcement on an online show posted Monday that’s hosted by Steve Bannon, the former adviser to President Donald Trump who is facing criminal contempt of Congress charges by a federal grand jury. Peters, who Bannon referred to as a “hero” is seeking to unseat Democratic incumbent Secretary of State Jena Griswold.
“I want to keep elections local. I want to fight against the Biden and the radical left to take over our vote, and I am the wall between your vote and nationalized elections,” she said.
Peters is vying for the state’s top election position amid a grand jury investigation into allegations of election equipment tampering and official misconduct launched last month in Mesa County. She is also facing multiple ethics and campaign finance violations and was barred by a Mesa County District Court judge from overseeing the 2021 election. The secretary of state filed another lawsuit hoping to bar Peters from overseeing the 2022 election after Peters refused to repudiate statements she made about Dominion voting machines or agree to additional security protocols from Griswold’s office.
The Mesa County clerk was also arrested last week on allegations of obstruction while officers attempted to execute a search warrant for an iPad that belonged to her. She is under investigation for a possible felony attempt to influence a public servant for allegedly recording or attempting to record a court hearing against a judge’s order.
“Tina Peters is unfit to be Secretary of State and a danger to Colorado elections,” Griswold said in a written statement through her campaign. “Peters compromised voting equipment to try to prove conspiracies, costing Mesa County taxpayers nearly one million dollars. She works with election deniers, spreads lies about elections, was removed from overseeing the 2021 Mesa County election, and is under criminal investigation by a grand jury. Colorado needs a Secretary of State who will uphold the will of the people; not one who embraces conspiracies and risks Coloradans’ right to vote.”
Peters had initially announced at a news conference — on the same day as the grand jury announcement — that she was running for reelection as Mesa County clerk and recorder. She cannot run for both positions but has not filed paperwork for the secretary of state candidacy yet, according to the secretary of state’s office.
She joins three other Republicans in the primary for secretary of state, including Pam Anderson who has rejected lies about the 2020 election.
This is a developing story and will be updated.
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