Simonton wins clerk and recorder seat |

Simonton wins clerk and recorder seat

Simonton grabbed 6,143 votes to top Democrat Earlene Roach, who received 4,572 votes.

“I’m exhausted, relieved, honored and tired,” said Simonton.

And what do you do when you’ve won a tough campaign? You go back to work.

“I have manager training tomorrow,” said Simonton, who manages retail stores in Vail and Aspen. “I have to get 10 new managers ready for the ski season. I don’t get sworn in for this job for another 10 weeks.”

Simonton said her first order of business is to sit down with Roach, who has 24 years of experience in the Clerk and Recorder’s Office.

Simonton said her ability to juggle dozens of responsibilities while being nearly unflappable will serve her well as she learns her new job.

While this is Simonton’s first foray into the public sector, she has extensive experience and success in the business world. She manages 10 retail stores in Vail and Aspen, and points to her record as an efficient manager of nearly 60 employees.

Simonton, 42, says she will design an aggressive training plan to familiarize herself with every aspect of the job ahead. But, she said, she won’t micro-manage.

The Eagle County Clerk and Recorder’s Office organizes and oversees countywide elections, liquor licenses for unincorporated Eagle County, collects close to $25 million in taxes, issues marriage licenses, and deals with motor vehicle registrations.

Roach, 50, has worked in the Clerk and Recorder’s Office for 24 years.

Roach, who grew up in Idaho as one of eight children, followed her parents to Eagle County when she was 19.

She never left, she says, because she “fell in love with the area, the small town atmosphere and the people.”

Simonton moved to Eagle County after college to ski, live in the mountains and enjoy the natural beauty of the area. She says she first visited with her parents when she was 12.

Randy Wyrick can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 615, or

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