Michael Dougherty Will Seek to Retain District Attorney Seat

Newly appointed Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty will run to complete the full term of the departing Stan Garnett.

Dougherty was selected by the governor last week to replace Garnett as 20th Judicial District Attorney, and he officially takes over March 1. Although Dougherty was appointed to the seat, voters will be asked to elect a district attorney through a special election later this year. The district attorney’s term ends in 2020.

“Having been a leader in three public law offices, I know how important the transition is for the staff and the community, and I am working closely with Stan Garnett to ensure a seamless process,” Dougherty said in a press release. “I am committed to working hard to maintain and improve upon the office’s record on public safety and progressive criminal justice reform.”

The announcement signals Dougherty’s official departure from the Colorado attorney general race. Dougherty suspended his campaign after Garnett announced he’d be leaving his post in the Attorney General’s Office but did not announce his intentions after being appointed as district attorney.

Dougherty will be running opposite Rep. Mike Foote who earlier this month said he would run for the district attorney office regardless of Gov. John Hickenlooper’s appointment, and he reinforced that message following Dougherty’s appointment last week.