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‘Experience, vision to continue the work with leadership’

In the criminal justice system, the people are represented by two groups: defense attorneys, representing clients, and district attorneys, prosecuting crimes and seeking justice for victims. I have had the distinct honor of serving in both capacities, first as a public defender and now as the assistant district attorney.

I love this community as I met the love of my life here and I am raising my five children here. That said, my oldest stepdaughter is currently deployed in Okinawa as a U.S. Marine.

The voters want a district attorney who has significant experience handling major cases in Colorado, and who has the leadership skills to train and supervise attorneys. The voters want a district attorney with a rich understanding of the law to ensure that everyone’s rights are protected and the community is safe. I have litigated many appeals in the Colorado Supreme Court, which has given me a deep knowledge of Colorado law.

Working in a rural district attorney’s office is not easy. Yet, I am constantly inspired by the dedication and selfless passion our public servants display daily. I am running to be district attorney because I have the experience and vision to continue the work with the leadership our community needs.

My vision is to build out the prevention and diversion tools within the judicial district, helping reduce our caseload, and helping individuals get the treatment and support they need. Colorado is a leader in many different areas of criminal justice reform because voters have chosen leaders who understand the stakes and the critical role the district attorney plays locally and at the state Capitol.

I am honored to have been endorsed by such leaders as Attorney General Phil Weiser, state Rep. Barbara McLachlan, District Attorney Christian Champagne, and Sheriffs Sean Smith and Mike Le Roux.

Experience matters in this job, not just in the courtroom but in the community. As district attorney, I will make it the mission of our office to be data-driven and community-facing. I will ensure that all district residents have access to their district attorney and I will work hard to hold regular community meetings.

We must reduce crime at the root of the problem, which requires understanding the data and adjusting as needed. I will work with scholars and our nonprofit community to build new systems of accountability and transparency for our judicial district.

Serving as your district attorney would be a privilege and an honor. The election is June 25, and you will be receiving a mail-in ballot for the Democratic primary, if you are an unaffiliated or Democratic voter. I look forward to speaking with you directly and earning your vote and support.