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Walker Stapleton wins endorsements from Republican district attorneys, sheriffs

June 11, 2018 Updated: June 11, 2018 at 10:18 am
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In this Nov. 4, 2014 photo, newly-reelected Republican Colorado Treasurer Walker Stapleton speaks to supporters during the GOP election night gathering, in Denver, Colo. Stapleton is to take the oath of office for a second term on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

All but two of Colorado's Republican district attorneys are endorsing GOP gubernatorial candidate Walker Stapleton, his campaign said.

In addition, 18 elected Republican sheriffs and Nick Rogers, president of the Denver police union, are part of a coalition of law enforcement and public safety officials unveiled by the Stapleton campaign.

The two-term state treasurer is one of four Republicans running in this month's primary to replace term-limited Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper.

"It is an honor to have the backing of such an influential group of public servants from the law enforcement community." Stapleton said in a statement. "Whether it is putting an end to sanctuary cities or reforming policies at the Department of Corrections, there is a lot of work to be done to improve public safety in Colorado. With these brave men and women at my side, I know we will be able to get the job done and make Colorado a safer community that we are all proud to be a part of."

Stapleton announced endorsements from 11 of the 13 Republicans serving as district attorneys across the state. The only DAs not on the list are George Brauchler, chief prosecutor for the 18th Judicial District and a candidate for attorney general, and Will Furse, the 22nd Judicial District for Dolores and Montezuma counties in the southwest corner of the state.

Colorado is divided into 22 judicial districts, each covering between one and seven counties.

"Walker has taken the time to develop a deep appreciation for the need to address long standing law public safety issues in Colorado and I look forward to working with him to protect and serve our citizens when he becomes our next governor," said Prowers County Sheriff Sam Zordel in a statement.

District Attorney Dan Rubinstein, the chief law enforcement officer for Mesa County in the 21st Judicial District, credited Stapleton for attention to rural parts of the state.

"The issues we face in the rural and mountain regions of Colorado are not the same as those on the Front Range, and I am thrilled to be supporting Walker Stapleton for governor because he understands the diversity of public safety concerns facing our state," Rubinstein said in a statement.

Stapleton is running in the June 26 primary against businessman and former state Rep. Victor Mitchell, retired investment banker Doug Robinson and former Parker Mayor Greg Lopez.

Below are the district attorneys endorsing Stapleton:

Pete Weir of the 1st Judicial District

Dan May of the 4th Judicial District

Cliff Riedel of the 8th Judicial District

Jeff Cheney of the 9th Judicial District

Molly Chilson of the 11th Judicial District

Brittny Lewton of the 13th Judicial District

Brett Barkey of the 14th Judicial District

Josh Vogel of the 15th Judicial District

Jim Bullock of the 16th Judicial District

Michael J. Rourke of the 19th Judicial District

Dan Rubinstein of the 21st Judicial District

Below are the sheriffs endorsing Stapleton:

Arapahoe County Sheriff David Walcher

Bent County Sheriff Dave Encinas

Crowley County Sheriff John "Smokey" Kurtz

Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee

Elbert County Sheriff Shayne Heap

El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder

Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Shrader

Grand County Sheriff Brett Schroetlin

Hinsdale County Sheriff Ronald Bruce

Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith

Mesa County Sheriff Matt Lewis

Moffat County Sheriff KC Hume

Prowers County Sheriff Sam Zordel

Routt County Sheriff Garrett Wiggins

Sagauche County Sheriff Dan Warwick

Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams

Washington County Sheriff Jon Stivers

Yuma County Sheriff Chad Day (president of County Sheriffs of Colorado)

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