GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters has announced her intent to run for Colorado Secretary of State in this year’s election. The news comes in the wake of Peters still being under scrutiny in regards to the 2020 election and having been removed from overseeing the 2021 Mesa County election.

Current Secretary of State, Jena Griswold, responded to the announcement with the following statement:

“Tina Peters is unfit to be Secretary of State and a danger to Colorado elections. Peters compromised voting equipment to try to prove conspiracies, costing Mesa County taxpayers nearly one million dollars. She works with election deniers, spreads lies about elections, was removed from overseeing the 2021 Mesa County election, and is under criminal investigation by a grand jury. Colorado needs a Secretary of State who will uphold the will of the people; not one who embraces conspiracies and risks Coloradans’ right to vote.”

“As Secretary of State, I am proud of my work to protect the right to vote for all eligible Coloradans. While overseeing four successful elections, I expanded voter access and maintained our gold standard in election security.  I am excited to continue my work to ensure that every eligible voter — Republican, Democrat, and Unaffiliated, alike— has access to safe and secure elections.”

In addition to her bid for Secretary of State, Peters had previously stated shed be running for re-election as Clerk and Recorder for the county as well.