Bruce Brown, Democrat, candidate for Fifth Judicial District Attorney
Bruce Brown, 41
Fifth Judicial District Attorney
Mark Hurlbert, Republican
Bruce Brown has been a defense attorney for 18 years and has a practice in Lakewood.
Bruce Brown, 41, of Greystone, a defense attorney who has a criminal law practice in Lakewood, has entered the race for the 5th Judicial District Attorney’s seat. The district comprises Eagle, Summit, Clear Creek and Lake counties, which has a population of about 82,000 people.
“I feel there is a need for me to run,” said Brown, who has practiced law for 18 years and since 1993 in Colorado. “People who practice regularly in the district have told me they don’t feel that the current administration is serving the needs of the community.”
Brown said Eagle County in particular has been neglected.
“We’ve got to stop this carrousel of office turnover,” Brown said. “We need a DA who is capable of leading major cases. Every time an attorney goes to court, he encounters a new DA, so the process becomes delayed. There needs to be more prosecutors assigned to the Eagle office. There have also been problems to meet deadlines.
“We need to establish a continuity amongst the deputy district attorneys, which includes training, retaining and recruiting them,” he added.
To Brown, the fact that he has always been a defense attorney doesn’t mean he’s blind to what the prosecution’s job is.
“In fact, I understand it more thoroughly than most of the prosecutors do,” he said. “I’ve tried dozens of felony cases, including murder cases. My experience range is broad.”
Though he’s never been employed as a prosecutor, Brown said he has volunteered in the past in the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office. He also has served as a probation monitor, supervising lawyers who have been disciplined.
“We also need to improve the communications between critical public safety officers and the DA’s office,” he said. “The DA is the lead public safety officer for the four counties, his role needs to be one of leadership in coordinating the relationship between these offices.
“I’m willing to give up my private practice in order to assure that those basic public safety needs are met within the community,” he added.
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