But this past week, our office lost a dear friend, Clinton "Pinkie " Collier, who worked as a field supervisor during my 10 years at the office and well before, to the point no one actually remembers when he started.
Pinkie was a former mayor of Shawnee, so as a former city council member there, I traded many anecdotes with him.
He also mentored my son, when he was in college, as a field supervisor. Whenever I saw Pinkie, he asked how my son was.
Most touching, he was buried in an election office shirt--complete the with "VOTE" logo we have on our apparel.
It's further recognition of a city of Shawnee connection, definitely, to our office.
The county's second election commissioner, 1958-1962, was Marvin Rainey, later Overland Park mayor and Shawnee city attorney.
There's Pinkie, and yours truly.
My predecessor, Connie Schmidt, was city clerk at neighboring city Merriam. I lived in Merriam before Shawnee.
Tuesday's election day will bring back some memories of Pinkie. Here's to a perfect election in his honor.
Here's the link from the city: