Three Mesa County judges to face voters

Three Mesa County judges scheduled for a retention vote this fall have filed letters indicating their intent to seek the positions again, according to records with the Colorado Secretary of State.

Mesa County Court Judge Bruce Raaum and District Court Judges Valerie Robison and Richard Gurley have declared their intent, the most recent filing from Gurley on July 6.

Judges have until Aug. 2 to file notices, which have been accepted since May 3.

According to the Colorado Judicial Branch, some 143 Colorado judges will be required to face a retention vote in the November general election if they want to keep their jobs.

Gurley and Robison have asked voters for another six years on the bench.

Appointed by former Colorado Gov. Bill Owens in January 2007, Gurley was named to the position after closing down a local private defense practice. Gurley moved to Grand Junction in 1998 from Florida, where he practiced criminal and civil law at a Tampa firm.

Robison, who was appointed by Owens in June 2007, previously worked as chief assistant Mesa County Attorney for 11 years. Before that, Robison was in private practice in Grand Junction and Cortez.

Raaum, who will ask voters for another four years in his position, was appointed by Owens in January 2007 and, prior to that, worked as a bond magistrate in Mesa County from 2004 to 2006. Raaum was also a partner at a law practice in Grand Junction from 1998 through 2006.

Judy Vanderleest, administrator for the 21st Judicial District, said the results of performance evaluations for each judge are expected to be published in the Colorado Legislature’s ballot information booklet, available in September.


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