Mesa County clerk opens re-election bid

Sheila Reiner kicked off her re-election bid for Mesa County clerk and recorder this week.

Reiner, who’s in her first term in that office, said with the new election laws in place, it makes sense for her to remain on the job.

The Republican, who is set to become president of the Colorado County Clerks’ Association next year, was instrumental in helping to write those new laws.

“Having some background knowledge and experience is pretty imperative when you go into implementing new laws that are handed down,” she said. “It will be less of an impact because Mesa County’s been doing vote centers for so long. So really, it’s just the Election Day registrations to deal with, which is taking the place of emergency registrations that we used to do.”

As the upcoming president of the clerks’ association, Reiner expects to be at the Colorado Legislature to help get through some of the “cleanup” measures on those new election laws the group expects to see introduced in January.

Reiner has worked her way up in the ranks inside the office and has no interest doing anything else at this time, she said.

“Having worked my way up through the elections division, I’ve definitely fallen in love with the service that we provide to the citizens,” she said. “And if you add motor vehicle, clerk to the board and recording services, it’s really an integral part of our community, and I want to continue to be a part of it.”

Reiner, whose full name actually is Sheila Wissel-Reiner, was born in Collbran and reared on a sheep farm near Loma. She and her husband of 20 years, Utah Reiner, have four children and five grandchildren.

Reiner, who has run more than 30 elections during her career, has a national certification as an election and registrar administrator through the National Association of Election Officials and Auburn University.

In addition to being president-elect of the clerks’ association, Reiner also is a member of the Statewide Voter Registration Advisory Board, the National Postal Task Force and the Uniform Voting Systems Advisory Board.


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