Eighteenth Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler announced today that he will be running for Colorado governor in 2018.
Brauchler is running as a Republican candidate. He launched a website announcing his bid and pinning his campaign on building affordable housing, creating safe neighborhoods and building “roads that don’t suck.”
His campaign seems to be built on the idea that Colorado needs to function without federal oversight. He says he will “protect Colorado from the heavy hand of Washington mandates” and according to his website, he supports repealing Obamacare and developing a Colorado-specific Medicaid plan.
Brauchler earned a bachelor’s and a law degree from the University of Colorado and is a colonel in the Army National Guard. He has served as 18th Judicial District Attorney since 2013.
“My parents instilled in us a strong Christian faith and the simple belief a servant’s heart drives community. And that’s why I serve,” Brauchler says in a video on his campaign website.
As district attorney, Brauchler prosecuted James Holmes for the Aurora Theater shooting. His decision to pursue the death penalty drew criticism then and is likely to be a big issue in his campaign. Although the death penalty is not addressed in his list of campaign issues, he does go in depth on “rule of law” and says he plans to ensure law enforcement agencies have the resources to keep communities safe as well as support for the Second Amendment “as a means for our law-abiding residents to protect themselves and their families.”
Other legal and public safety topics identified include his support for community policing, community sentencing and restorative justice.
Brauchler was considered a likely candidate for the 2014 governor’s race as well as a 2016 U.S. Senate race. He opted not to run for governor in 2014 in order to prosecute the James Holmes trial and stayed out of the Senate race as well.