18th Judicial District Attorney race: Brauchler says office needs change

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George Brauchler is a resident of Highlands Ranch and has lived in Colorado for more than 40 years. He and his wife, Marcia, have four young children.

Brauchler, the Republican candidate for the 18th Judicial District Attorney's office, has degrees in law, economics and political science from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is an adjunct professor at CU Boulder and the University of Denver College of Law.

His background includes 18 years in criminal justice, including service as a deputy district attorney in Jefferson County, an Army prosecutor, a special assistant U.S. attorney, and the chief of military justice for Fort Carson, the 4th Infantry Division and the U.S. Division-North in Iraq. He is a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve.

Colorado Community Media asked the following questions of the candidates for DA. Below are Brauchler's answers.

What makes you the best candidate for this office?

Leadership and experience. It has been more than 40 years since we elected someone outside of Arapahoe County government to lead our district attorney's office. I'm the candidate who can end the musical chairs in government and return this office to the people, to us.

As the only candidate who has led and trained prosecutors and prosecuted homicide cases within the past 20 years, I bring an energy and cutting-edge experience in making great prosecutors and leading them to seek and get justice for victims and for our community. We deserve the best district attorney's office in Colorado.

What do you see as the biggest challenge facing the district and what would you do to meet that challenge?

Rebuilding and reinvigorating the district attorney's office. I will refocus our office on the fundamentals of effective criminal justice: ending the exodus of good prosecutors, recruiting, training, and retaining gutsy and skilled prosecutors who can — and will — win in the courtroom, and rebuilding our strained relationships with police and sheriffs.

I am honored that my vision for our district attorney's office has the support of so many law enforcement officers in our community, including Attorney General John Suthers, Sheriffs Dave Weaver, Shayne Heap and Tom Nestor, former U.S. Attorney Troy Eid, and community leaders, including mayors from Aurora, Glendale and Lone Tree.

What is your stance on the death penalty?

I have supported the death penalty as a discretionary tool for elected prosecutors for my entire professional career. There is no more serious an act by any government than to seek the death of a citizen. As a military prosecutor, I sought death penalty charges in a case involving a heinous act of premeditated murder.

I do not believe we will be safer as a community if we draw a line in the sand that says “no matter what someone does to us — or many of us — in whatever horrific way, they never have to worry about forfeiting their life.”

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