Tina Peters dec 2021
CNN  — 

You might not know the name Tina Peters. But you should.

Peters is the county clerk in Mesa County, Colorado, who rose to infamy in the wake of the 2020 election – and is now running to be secretary of state in the Centennial State. She’s also one of a number of election deniers who are now running to oversee the very elections they questioned less than two years ago.

Start here. In the wake of the 2020 election, conspiracy theorists were able to get their hands on images from hard drives on the state’s election server. Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold, a Democrat, has said she believes that Peters is responsible for leaking the data.

“This is a situation of an insider threat,” Griswold told CNN back in August 2021. “The Mesa County Clerk knowingly allowed a breach of security, and by all evidence, assisted it.”

In January, the Colorado attorney general announced that a grand jury investigation had been launched into the matter. Peters has denied she did anything wrong.

Peters also recently turned herself in to local authorities after the Grand Junction Police Department issued a warrant for her arrest for obstructing a peace officer and for obstructing government operations.

Peters has been a prominent promoter of the falsehood pushed by former President Donald Trump that the 2020 election was somehow stolen from him.

The Denver Post’s editorial board published an op-ed Tuesday headlined: “Tina Peters isn’t a laughing matter. She is dangerous.” It reads:

“While Peters has repeatedly said that the data taken included proof of election fraud, to date all that has been released by Peters and her supporters is a document alleging that a software update to the machines deleted some data. In Colorado, elections are done via paper ballot, and repeatedly counts of the paper ballots have failed to show any evidence of orchestrated fraud, especially not of widespread fraud like Peters says occurred where the ballot machines either changed votes or created fictitious ballots to count.”

In announcing her candidacy on former Trump adviser Steve Bannon’s podcast, Peters cast herself as “the wall between your vote and nationalized elections. They are coming after me because I am standing in their way — of truth, transparency and elections held closest to the people.”

It’s unclear how strong of a candidate Peters will be. There are already three other Republicans in the race. Griswold is seeking another term this fall. And Colorado has moved toward the Democrats in recent statewide elections. Should Trump wade into the race with an endorsement for Peters, she would immediately become the favorite to take on Griswold.

Trump has already weighed in on a number of secretary of state races so far in the 2022 election, backing candidates who push his election lies.

In Georgia, for example, Trump is backing Rep. Jody Hice in his primary challenge to incumbent Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. (Trump has vilified Raffensperger’s refusal to overturn the 2020 election results in the state.)

In Arizona, Trump has endorsed state Rep. Mark Finchem for secretary of state, praising his “incredibly powerful stance on the Voter Fraud that took place in the 2020 Presidential Election Scam.”

In Michigan, Trump has endorsed Kristina Karamo, who has raised questions about the validity and veracity of the vote in the state in 2020.

While Trump has not weighed in for Peters in Colorado, his track record of endorsements in secretary of state races around the country – and the types of candidates he has chosen to endorse – suggest that she is likely already on his radar.