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Suthers gets Dem challenger

By Charles Ashby

Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett, a Democrat, announced this week that he's officially entered the race to challenge Republican Attorney General John Suthers for that seat.

Suthers, 58, was appointed to the seat in 2005 after then AG Ken Salazar was elected to the U.S. Senate. He ran for and won the seat a year later, and now is running for re-election.

Garnett, 53, is serving his first term as Boulder County's district attorney, having been elected to the seat in 2008. He was elected to the Boulder Valley School Board and served on that panel from 1997-2001. Before that, he served as a deputy district attorney in Denver.

The University of Colorado School of Law graduate has worked as an attorney in Colorado for more than 25 years. Garnett said he decided to enter the race after long discussions with family and friends.

“The Colorado Attorney General’s office should be a dynamic and excellent group of attorneys who will take the lead to protect the environment, consumers and honest businesses," he said in a statement. "The authority of the Colorado Attorney General's Office should be used to further the interests of all Coloradans and never on behalf of factions or special interests.”

Garnett received his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado in 1978 and his juris doctor from the University of Colorado School of Law in 1982. He and his wife, Brenda, have two children.

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