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Stapleton wins endorsements from Republican district attorneys, sheriffs

Author: Ernest Luning - June 11, 2018 - Updated: June 11, 2018

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Colorado State Treasurer Walker Stapleton addresses the 2018 Colorado Republican State Assembly while accepting his nomination for governor at the Coors Events Center on the campus of the University of Colorado Boulder in Boulder on April 14. (Photo by Andy Colwell for Colorado Politics)

All but two of Colorado’s Republican district attorneys are endorsing GOP gubernatorial candidate Walker Stapleton, his campaign said.

In addition, 18 elected Republican sheriffs and Nick Rogers, president of the Denver police union, are part of a coalition of law enforcement and public safety officials unveiled by the Stapleton campaign.

The two-term state treasurer is one of four Republicans running in this month’s primary to replace term-limited Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper.

“It is an honor to have the backing of such an influential group of public servants from the law enforcement community.” Stapleton said in a statement. “Whether it is putting an end to sanctuary cities or reforming policies at the Department of Corrections, there is a lot of work to be done to improve public safety in Colorado. With these brave men and women at my side, I know we will be able to get the job done and make Colorado a safer community that we are all proud to be a part of.”

Stapleton announced endorsements from 11 of the 13 Republicans serving as district attorneys across the state. The only DAs not on the list are George Brauchler, chief prosecutor for the 18th Judicial District and a candidate for attorney general, and Will Furse, the 22nd Judicial District for Dolores and Montezuma counties in the southwest corner of the state.

Colorado is divided into 22 judicial districts, each covering between one and seven counties.

“Walker has taken the time to develop a deep appreciation for the need to address long standing law public safety issues in Colorado and I look forward to working with him to protect and serve our citizens when he becomes our next governor,” said Prowers County Sheriff Sam Zordel in a statement.

District Attorney Dan Rubinstein, the chief law enforcement officer for Mesa County in the 21st Judicial District, credited Stapleton for attention to rural parts of the state.

“The issues we face in the rural and mountain regions of Colorado are not the same as those on the Front Range, and I am thrilled to be supporting Walker Stapleton for governor because he understands the diversity of public safety concerns facing our state,” Rubinstein said in a statement.

Stapleton is running in the June 26 primary against businessman and former state Rep. Victor Mitchell, retired investment banker Doug Robinson and former Parker Mayor Greg Lopez.

Below are the district attorneys endorsing Stapleton:

Pete Weir of the 1st Judicial District
Dan May of the 4th Judicial District
Cliff Riedel of the 8th Judicial District
Jeff Cheney of the 9th Judicial District
Molly Chilson of the 11th Judicial District
Brittny Lewton of the 13th Judicial District
Brett Barkey of the 14th Judicial District
Josh Vogel of the 15th Judicial District
Jim Bullock of the 16th Judicial District
Michael J. Rourke of the 19th Judicial District
Dan Rubinstein of the 21st Judicial District

Below are the sheriffs endorsing Stapleton:

Arapahoe County Sheriff David Walcher
Bent County Sheriff Dave Encinas
Crowley County Sheriff John “Smokey” Kurtz
Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee
Elbert County Sheriff Shayne Heap
El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder
Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Shrader
Grand County Sheriff Brett Schroetlin
Hinsdale County Sheriff Ronald Bruce
Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith
Mesa County Sheriff Matt Lewis
Moffat County Sheriff KC Hume
Prowers County Sheriff Sam Zordel
Routt County Sheriff Garrett Wiggins
Sagauche County Sheriff Dan Warwick
Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams
Washington County Sheriff Jon Stivers
Yuma County Sheriff Chad Day (president of County Sheriffs of Colorado)

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.