Well, it appears official: John Suthers' announcement that he will join a handful of other states in a legal challenge to health care reform legislation has cost him a free ride into a second full term as attorney general.
Coloradopols.com has a press release from Boulder District Attorney Stan Garnett announcing he is running for the seat. (The release is pasted below the fold.)
With other statewide races for governor, treasurer, secretary of state and U.S. Senate, Democrats had been poised to let the attorney general position slide before Suthers entered the health reform debate
For Our Attorney General
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 8, 2010
MEDIA CONTACT: Alec Garnett
(720) 840 - 8132
Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett Enters Bid to be Next Colorado Attorney General
This morning, Democrat Stan Garnett filed paperwork officially launching his candidacy for Attorney General of Colorado. Garnett, 53, said, "As a resident of Colorado for the past 48 years, I am honored to pursue this opportunity to serve the citizens of our wonderful State."
"After thoughtful discussions with my family, friends, opinion leaders and constituents I am a candidate for Colorado Attorney General," said Garnett. "I will work tirelessly to support law enforcement, protect Colorado's natural treasures and aggressively pursue unfair business practices that threaten hardworking Coloradans. The Colorado Attorney General's office should be a dynamic and excellent group of attorneys who will take the lead to protect the environment, consumers and honest businesses. The authority of the Colorado Attorney General's Office should be used to further the interests of all Coloradans and never on behalf of factions or special interests."
As District Attorney for the Twentieth Judicial District, Stan Garnett has made prosecuting violent and sexual crimes a top priority and has established a vigorous Business and Economic Crime unit. Four murder cases (including two cold cases), have been tried under his tenure to date, more than ever before in the Twentieth Judicial District. Each has received a verdict of guilty as charged. He has forged strong partnerships with law enforcement agencies and maximized County resources to run a streamlined, effective office.
Joe Pelle, Boulder County Sheriff said, "Stan has been a hard-nosed prosecutor who has taken the time to build relationships with the Boulder law enforcement community. He will be a tough, honest Attorney General who will be on the side of the People of Colorado."
Garnett has worked with local government personnel to further the Drug Court model, which saves substantial taxpayer dollars and helps offenders become contributing members of society.
Jean Dubofsky, former Colorado Supreme Court Justice and Garnett supporter said,"Stan is an excellent lawyer and a true leader. He has deep roots in the state and is committed to the safety of our communities."
Garnett received his B.A. with distinction from the University of Colorado in 1978 and his J.D. from the University of Colorado School of Law in 1982. Garnett's professional affiliations include The American Bar Association, The Colorado Bar Association, The Denver Bar Association and The International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He was elected and re-elected to the Boulder Valley School District Board of Education where he served as President. Garnett lives in Boulder County with his wife Brenda. Together they have two children.
For additional information, contact Stan Garnett by phone at (303) 668-3113 or (303) 499-6864 or via email at Stan.Garnett@gmail.com.