Jefferson County's next district attorney will be someone who has already worked inside that office.
In the party primary election that ended June 30, Alexis King, who spent 10 years working as a deputy DA in the 1st Judicial District Attorney's Office, handily defeated Jake Lilly, a sex assault prosecutor in the 5th Judicial District, to become the Democratic nominee to succeed Republican Pete Weir.
In unofficial results as of 8 a.m. MT July 1, King had 67.6% of the vote to Lilly's 32.43%.
King will face unopposed Republican Matthew Durkin, a chief DA in the 1st Judicial District Attorney's Office, in the November general election.
The 1st Judicial District included Jefferson and Gilpin counties.
“Thank you everyone for the kind words of support today and throughout this long campaign,” King wrote in a message on her campaign Facebook page late June 30.
On her campaign website, King described herself as an experienced leader who has faced the difficult decisions that will confront a DA and will prioritize violent crime. She emphasized her desire to advocate for reform and promote alternatives to incarceration for non-violent offenders while also touting her experience working on behalf of victims of sex crimes.
King is currently a Title IX attorney at the Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center, a nonprofit law firm that provides free legal services to crime victims. She previously spent a year and a half as a magistrate in Denver County Courts.
In a Colorado Community Media candidate questionnaire completed by King earlier this month, she said the single issue and key mission of her office will be transparency and accountability. King also said she would “work to acknowledge the harm communities of color and other vulnerable populations have experienced through systemic failures to respect citizens' rights” as DA.
Matt Durkin has written on his website that he will attempt to achieve a reduction in violent crime while promoting accountability in responding to addiction.
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