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Joey BunchJoey BunchDecember 5, 20173min6230

Bernie Sanders campaigner Morgan Watters has been tapped to run state Rep. Joe Salazar’s bid for Colorado attorney general next year, the campaign said Monday.

Salazar is in a crowded Democratic primary with well-financed opponents, including former University of Colorado law school dean Phil Weiser, Denver lawyer Brad Levin, Jefferson County assistant prosecutor Michael Dougherty and federal prosecutor Amy Padden.

Watters was a field Director for the Bernie 2016 campaign in Denver and worked for the Colorado Families for a Fair Wage campaign to raise the state’s minimum wage. Watters also worked on Kevin Flynn’s successful run for the Denver City Council in 2015 and was an advocacy intern for Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, according to Watter’s LinkedIn page.

“I have spent the summer and early fall traveling the state, listening to what the People of Colorado were saying and building a grassroots army for the elections next year,” Salazar said in a statement. “Now the campaign is focused on developing the resources we need to win and return the attorney general’s office to the People. I am excited that Morgan has agreed to come on board as we build out our field, political and fundraising operations.”

Rich Pelletier, the deputy campaign manager for Bernie 2016 and a Salazar supporter, said he was thrilled to see Watters join with Salazar, who also supporters Sanders in the Democratic primary in Colorado last year.

“Morgan was one of our campaign nomads on Bernie’s campaign, starting here in Colorado and traveling to Washington state, Oregon and finally California,” he said. “They led the field team in the Oregon primary to a decisive 56 percent to 44 percent win for Bernie, winning every county in the state but one.

“Morgan brings caucus and primary leadership experience to the campaign and I know they will be able to help Joe get over the finish line. I work on races across the country, and Joe’s candidacy is one of the most exciting we have. He is a true progressive problem solver who represents the future of the party.”


Ernest LuningErnest LuningNovember 13, 20174min294

There won't be two Georges running for Colorado attorney general after all. Saying he believes it's important for the GOP to "consolidate behind one candidate" for attorney general, George Leing, Colorado's Republican National Committeeman and a former congressional candidate, announced Monday that he won't be joining one-time gubernatorial candidate George Brauchler in the race.


Joey BunchJoey BunchNovember 12, 20173min9110

The second-in-command of the Denver District Attorney’s office, Ryan Brackely, is endorsing Michael Dougherty in the Colorado attorney general’s race, Dougherty’s campaign says.

“I have had the pleasure of knowing Michael for his entire legal career and it is a true honor to endorse him to be our next attorney general of Colorado,” Brackley said in a statement. “As someone who has worked alongside Michael both in the attorney general’s office and in our roles as assistant district attorneys I can say with confidence that Michael is the most qualified person in this race and will lead the office with integrity and passion.”

Dougherty is a former assistant state attorney general who is now an assistant prosecutor in Jefferson County.

“Michael came to this state to make a difference in our criminal justice system, when he was asked to lead the Justice Review Project and later the criminal division for the AG’s office,” Brackley continued. “Not only did Michael’s work lead to the exoneration of an innocent man but his leadership was felt across the state as prosecutors came together to insure the right thing had been done. Michael continues to influence our state from his current role, through his actions in Jefferson and Gilpin counties to his testimony on Capitol Hill – Michael has made a continued effort to ensure that the right thing is done. We are extremely fortunate to have Michael in this race – he will be the attorney general our state needs.”

Dougherty also released a statement:

“Ryan and I have known each other since our days in the Manhattan DA’s office and he enjoys reminding me often that he got to Colorado before I did. Together we have worked on various issues relating to criminal justice reform and progressive policies to help Coloradans and protect our way of life here. Ryan has been an early supporter and continues to encourage me in this race – something which I cannot underscore the importance of. Our team continues to grow and I am very humbled to have the support of my peers from across the state.”

Dougherty is one of four Democrats in the primary, joining former University of Colorado law school dean Phil Weiser, Denver attorney Brad Levin, federal prosecutor Amy Padden and state Rep. Joe Salazar.