T L A C Chamber of Commerce to sponsor candidates’ forum

T L A C Chamber of Commerce  to sponsor candidates’ forum

TRINIDAD — The Trinidad-Las Animas County Chamber of Commerce will again sponsor “Meet the Candidates” in preparation for the November 6th General Election. The event will be held on October 4, 2018 at the Massari Performing Art Center on the campus of Trinidad State Junior College. The event will begin promptly at 6 p.m.

Candidates who are running for the offices of County Commissioner, County Clerk & Recorder, Sheriff, County Treasurer, County Assessor, County Coroner and County Surveyor have been invited to participate. Representatives from School District #1 have been invited to discuss Ballot Issues 4A & 4B which also appear on the November ballot.

The format for the evening allows for candidates to make opening and closing statements, and answer questions from the panel, audience, and telephone call-ins. Trinidad Times TV will also be present for possible live broadcast and recording for future viewing. The Trinidad-LAC Chamber of Commerce will provide refreshments. Additional information can be obtained from the Trinidad-LAC Chamber of Commerce, Linda Barron (846-8223) or Ed Griego (846-9871).

Candidates were invited to submit photos and biographical sketches to the World Journal in preparation for the event. The candidates below provided information.


Patricia “Peach” Vigil

Las Animas County Clerk and Recorder (Incumbent)

Patricia “Peach” Vigil has worked in the county clerk’s office since 2000. She was elected County Clerk and Recorder in 2014 and brought forth the institutional knowledge that is required to be the backbone of the office, all while dealing with budget constraints including limited staff and office hours. She has successfully implemented a new recording system, a new voting system and a state-mandated motor vehicle system. She seeks reelection as Las Animas County Clerk and Recorder.


Kimmi Lewis is a Republican member of the Colorado House of Representatives, representing District 64. She was elected to the chamber in 2016. Lewis is running for re-election in the general election on November 6. Lewis graduated from Kim High School. She attended Trinidad State Junior College, where she played basketball. Lewis is a rancher who owns and runs the Muddy Valley Ranch near Kim. During her tenure in office, she has served on Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources, Transportation & Energy committees. Kimmi will advocate for our rights to beneficially use water, will continue to prevent the growth of government and taxation in eastern Colorado, and will work to lower existing taxes and cut spending. She will defend our rights to lawfully bear arms and will pay special attention to the admirable men and women who have served our country.


Tony Hass, a rancher from eastern Las Animas County, seeks the office of Las Animas County Commissioner, District 3. He and his wife Connie have been married for 34 years and have two grown children. They moved to Trinidad in 1984. Hass was appointed to the Utilities Commission Board by Gov. Hickenlooper, is the south central Colorado representative to the Colorado Farm Bureau Board of Directors, and has served on the boards of the Trinidad Community Foundation, Mt. Carmel, Trinidad Redevelopment, and the Las Animas County Fair. He will work for a safe, prosperous community that will encourage future generations to remain in southern Colorado and will listen to the citizens of Las Animas County.


Felix M. Lopez is the Republican candidate for Las Animas County Commissioner, District 1. The former president of Trinidad State Junior College, he served as VP for Student Success at Pikes Peak Community College, then returned to Trinidad as the new COO of the Mt. Carmel Health, Wellness and Community Center in 2016. He wishes to accomplish positive change to benefit the citizens of Las Animas County and is committed to working with and for the people of Las Animas County. With a proven track record and extensive experience to bring concrete results, transparency, and informative dialogue, he pledges to be “the right person, at the right time, for the right reason”.