Democrats were leading two contested races to become the top prosecutor in some of Colorado’s biggest judicial districts and a third race was split evenly, according to results Tuesday evening.
In the First Judicial District, Democrat Alexis King had 56% of the vote and Republican Matthew Durkin had 44% of the vote with about 88% of votes counted. Both candidates are running to replace the term-limited Republican incumbent, Pete Weir, in the district that covers Jefferson and Gilpin counties.
In the 17th Judicial District, Democrat Brian Mason had 56% of the vote and Republican Tim McCormack had 43% of the vote with about 84% of the votes counted. The candidates, who have both worked more than a decade in the office that oversees Adams and Broomfield counties, are running to replace Democrat Dave Young, who is also term limited.
In the 18th Judicial District, Democrat Amy Padden had 50% of the vote and Republican John Kellner had 50% of the vote with about 83% of votes counted. The candidates are running to replace George Brauchler, a Republican, in the district that includes Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln counties. Brauchler, too, was unable to run again due to term limits.
In Denver, incumbent District Attorney Beth McCann, a Democrat, had 85% of the vote and William Robinson III, a Libertarian looking to unseat her, had 15% of the vote with 64% of votes counted.
At least half of the state’s 22 judicial districts will have new district attorneys after the election, which could change the tenor of criminal justice reform in the state. District attorneys set priorities for prosecution, decide when a police officer should face charges and play a role in conversations about Colorado’s criminal legal system at the local and state level.
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