Q&A: George Brauchler Enters Gov. Race

The DA WAs the first lawyer to officially announce A BID FOR 2018’s CONTEST

Although he has been named before as a potential Republican candidate for governor, George Brauchler is officially positioning himself as the “Coloradan’s Coloradan” for governor in 2018. And he’s the first attorney to announce a bid for the state’s top executive position.
Brauchler has served as the 18th Judicial District Attorney since he was elected in 2012 and reelected in 2016. Although he has only ever run for one office — and he won at least partially on the idea that he was a political outsider — he hasn’t shied away from public policy debates in the last four years.
As DA, he sat in the first chair during the prosecution of Aurora theater shooter James Holmes in 2015, which put him in the middle of a debate on the death penalty that never quite expires, despite a continued majority of voters supporting the law.
He has since been a vocal proponent of the penalty and publicly criticized Gov. John Hickenlooper when he unilaterally stayed the execution of Nathan Dunlap before his 2016 election.

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