Michael Dougherty announced today that he suspended his campaign for the Colorado attorney general’s seat and instead submitted an application to run for District Attorney for Boulder County, the position being vacated by Stan Garnett.
Dougherty’s Colorado attorney general campaign is suspended until a decision is made by Gov. John Hickenlooper. Garnett is returning to private practice March 1.
Dougherty currently serves as a prosecutor in the 1st Judicial District, which includes Jefferson and Gilpin Counties. He is a career-long prosecutor and thus far has touted that experience in his campaign for attorney general.
“Stan Garnett’s recent decision to leave the District Attorney’s Office presents an important opportunity to continue my life’s work in the community in which my family and I live,” Dougherty said in a press release. “As a resident of Boulder, the opportunity to serve my family, friends, and neighbors as their District Attorney would be an incredible honor and privilege.”