Colorado House firebrand Joe Salazar, a Democratic representative from Thornton, announced Friday he is running for state attorney general, motivated in part by the desire to act as “the people’s lawyer” in a political climate he views as threatening to democracy and to civil rights.
“People get excited and upset that I challenge Democratic leaders and Republicans the way I do, but they know who I am and what I stand for,” he told The Colorado Statesman. “Being attorney general is about protecting Coloradans — against fraud, against attacks on the environment… It’s also about supporting business where it needs to be supported and helping boost prosperity in the state. That’s important. But the job is about helping the people first and always.”