Primary election 2018

Q&A with Phil Weiser, Democratic candidate for Colorado attorney general


City or town of residence: Denver, 19 1/2 years

Profession: Lawyer

Related elected-office or public-service experience: Dean of the University of Colorado Law School; senior adviser for technology and innovation for President Obama's National Economic Council director; deputy assistant attorney general, U.S. Department of Justice; senior counsel to the assistant attorney general, U.S. Department of Justice; and law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Why are you seeking this office?

We live in a challenging time. I'm a father, and, like all parents, I want the best future for our kids. I will do whatever I can do to stand up for our state and democracy. As our next attorney general, I will protect Colorado and our values.

What makes you the most qualified person for the position?

The attorney general represents all Coloradans on civil rights, consumer protections and protecting our land, air and water. As a former law clerk to Justice Ginsburg, leader at the Justice Department, senior adviser at President Barack Obama's White House, and dean of CU Law, I have the best experience for the AG's office: at the state and federal levels, leading teams of lawyers, building innovative programs and fighting for constitutional protections for all. I also have a track record of innovative and collaborative leadership that will transform the AG's office to help Coloradans in every part of the state.

What would your top two priorities be if elected?

As attorney general, I will defend our constitutional freedoms and fight for opportunities for all Coloradans. Our democracy is at stake. As attorney general, I will use my expertise in constitutional law to protect our state, standing up against gerrymandering and dark money in our elections. Fair treatment and opportunity for all Coloradans is the heart of my vision. I've visited and listened to people in all 64 counties of our state. I will take a stand against irresponsible companies and work hard for our communities and families, using my expertise in consumer protection to protect all Coloradans.  

What else should the voters know about you?

My family inspires my campaign. My mother was born in a concentration camp, but optimism helped her and my grandparents survive. Real conversations with Colorado families and communities inspire my plans to defend our freedoms and address the opioid epidemic and rising health-care costs. See more at


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