Candidate Q&A Douglas County Clerk & Recorder - Karen Jefferson


Karen Jefferson
Karen Jefferson

Name: Karen Jefferson

Profession: Sales and marketing


Biography: Karen Lindberg Jefferson is a Colorado native and small business owner. She has been an active volunteer in the nonprofit and business sectors. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Parker; Braver Angels; League of Women Voters; and Colorado's Chapter of NENAAPCO (a professional association for 911). She holds three professional certifications, including a blue belt in innovation engineering from Eureka! Ranch. Karen and her spouse like to kayak, mountain bike, and hike all across Colorado. 

What is your approach on running the clerk and recorder's office?

I am a servant leader, which means doing what's needed, when it's needed, regardless of whether it's convenient or not.

How can the clerk's office improve its perception to voters who feel they can't trust the current system?

The vast majority of voters have confidence in Colorado elections. For those who doubt, educating them and inviting them to be part of the process will give them the opportunity for a better understanding of the process and controls that are in place.

Do you believe the 2020 presidential election was stolen?


In what ways can the operations of the clerk's office be improved upon?

The greatest threat to our systems comes in the form of cyber attack. There are technologies available that thwart zero day attacks within 30 seconds of deployment. Other improvements will come from the team who best knows how to streamline processes as well as public comments as to where they experience friction in our systems.

What is the biggest challenge facing the clerk's office and how will you address it?

The professional staff in all departments do a great job even in light of difficult personnel situations. Between COVID affecting the labor market and the cost of housing, we must ensure that we hire and retain qualified staff. We must offer attractive compensation and benefits so our departments can continue to offer the level of customer service the community has become accustomed to.

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