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Former legislator Claire Levy endorses Democrat Michael Dougherty in attorney general race

Author: Ernest Luning - October 5, 2017 - Updated: October 5, 2017

Colorado Center on Law and Policy Executive Director Claire Levy, a former Democratic state representative (Courtesy Colorado Center on Law and Policy)Colorado Center on Law and Policy Executive Director Claire Levy, a former Democratic state representative (Courtesy Colorado Center on Law and Policy)

Claire Levy, executive director of the Colorado Center on Law and Policy and a former state legislator, endorsed Democrat Michael Dougherty in his run for attorney general Thursday.

Dougherty, the assistant district attorney for Jefferson and Gilpin counties, is one of five Democrats running in a primary for the office held by Republican Cynthia Coffman, who hasn’t said whether she’ll seek a second term or run for governor.

“After considering the candidates for attorney general, I decided to endorse Michael Dougherty because of his leadership experience,” Levy said in a statement.

“Michael has a long record of working to improve Colorado’s criminal justice system – with the Justice Review Project uncovering wrongful convictions, the Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice in effecting meaningful criminal justice reform, and with his testimony in the Legislature,” she continued. “Our next attorney general must also fight to preserve our environment and protect consumers from fraud.  Both of these areas are very important to me – and to all Coloradans.  Michael’s leadership ability, integrity, and experience are exactly what we need in our next Attorney General.  He will lead the office and its staff to be a statewide leader in protecting Colorado and our way of life.”

Levy, a Democrat, represented House District 13, which includes parts of Boulder and four counties extending northwest to the Wyoming border. She was vice-chair of the Joint Budget Committee and served as House minority whip. Before winning the first of four elections to the seat, Levy worked in the Colorado Public Defender’s Office and at one time had her own law firm. She was appointed to head CCLP, a liberal advocacy group, in 2013.


Calling Levy “a leader in the progressive reform movement to make our legal system and criminal justice system function better for our citizens.” Dougherty recalled working with her when she was a lawmaker and served on the juvenile justice commission,

“To have her support and endorsement in this race means a great deal to me,” he said. “The attorney general must have partners from across the state to make sure that the policies we put forth will actually help our residents. Claire is an important leader and I am honored to have her support.”


The other Democrats running for attorney general are state Sen. Joe Salazar of Thornton, former Obama administration official and University of Colorado law school dean Phil Weiser, Denver attorney Brad Levin and former federal prosecutor Amy Padden.

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning is a political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has covered politics and government for newspapers and online news sites in Colorado for more than 25 years, including at the Highlands Ranch Herald, the Jefferson Sentinels chain of community newspapers and the Aurora Sentinel, where he was the city hall and cops reporter. After editing the Aurora Daily Sun, he was a political reporter and blogger for The Colorado Independent site. For nearly a decade, he was a senior political reporter and occasional editor at The Colorado Statesman before the 119-year-old publication merged with Colorado Politics in 2017.