Pueblo Clerk candidate Rivera refutes ‘ludicrous’ campaign finance complaint

A complaint filed last week with the Colorado Secretary of State alleges that Clerk and Recorder candidate Candace Rivera committed dozens of campaign finance violations.

Rivera has denied that she knowingly did anything wrong.

“It’s unfounded and ludicrous,” Rivera said. “They’re grasping at straws.”

A motor vehicle registration technician, Robert Kenneth Brown, filed the complaint but refused to comment on the matter when contacted by The Chieftain.

Brown has been a full-time employee of the department in the Pueblo County Clerk and Recorder’s office since December 2021. Rivera’s opponent, incumbent Clerk and Recorder Gilbert “Bo” Ortiz, said that he and Brown are friends outside of work, but Ortiz said that he had nothing to do with the complaint, which is still under review by the Secretary of State’s office.

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