Attorney General Candidates Debate the Issues

Three Democratic candidates talk policy and justice reform

On Thursday, the Community College of Denver and the Colorado Criminal Bar Association hosted a debate among Democratic attorney general candidates Rep. Joe Salazar, attorney Brad Levin and former University of Colorado Law School dean Phil Weiser.
On Thursday, the Community College of Denver and the Colorado Criminal Bar Association hosted a debate among Democratic attorney general candidates Rep. Joe Salazar, attorney Brad Levin and former University of Colorado Law School dean Phil Weiser.

On Thursday, the Community College of Denver and the Colorado Criminal Bar Association hosted a debate among Democratic attorney general candidates Rep. Joe Salazar, attorney Brad Levin and former University of Colorado Law School dean Phil Weiser. Former deputy state public defender Angela Campbell and criminal defense attorney Phil Cherner moderated the debate. The event was attended mostly by CCD students and bar members.

“Your engagement is how we get our democracy back on track,” Weiser said to students in his opening statement.

Throughout the debate, all three candidates harped on the importance of Democratic leadership in the attorney general’s office under the Trump Administration. The first few rounds of questions touched on broader issues of gun control, marijuana regulation, environmental and consumer protections and criminal justice.

Campbell asked candidates how they would enforce the state’s 2013 gun laws considering there have been reports that sheriffs in some jurisdictions have not been enforcing them.

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