Election: Coffman elected attorney general; other races yet to be decided | SummitDaily.com

Election: Coffman elected attorney general; other races yet to be decided

Coffman elected attorney general, beats Quick

DENVER — Republican Cynthia Coffman won an open election for attorney general, defeating Democrat Don Quick.

Coffman is the chief deputy for Attorney General John Suthers, who is retiring. She will become Colorado’s first new attorney general in a decade.

Quick is a former Adams County district attorney.

Coffman has said she plans to establish a public integrity unit to investigate corruption by public officials.

On gay marriage, Coffman said she agreed with Suthers’ decision to enforce Colorado’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage despite federal rulings in other states declaring such bans illegal. Suthers dropped his opposition after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to contradict a federal decision that applied to Colorado.

Quick had said he would not have defended Colorado’s gay-marriage ban.

Williams holds slim lead in secretary of state race

As of press time Tuesday night, Republican Wayne Williams held a 6-point lead over Democratic challenger Joe Neguse in early returns Tuesday night in the race for Colorado Secretary of State. Williams and Neguse ran for the seat after incumbent Scott Gessler, ran for governor this year but lost in the June GOP primary.

Gessler endorsed Williams, his lone political ally among the state’s county clerks in last year’s fight with Democratic lawmakers who approved sending mail ballots to each voter. Gessler and Williams said the proposal would invite voter fraud.

Neguse supported the Colorado County Clerks Association’s push for the changes to make elections more efficient.

Williams served for four years as El Paso County clerk and recorder; eight years as an El Paso County commissioner and was a former chair of the El Paso County Republican Party.

Neguse served for six years as a University of Colorado regent and is a graduate of the University Colorado Law School.

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