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Goodbee loses second bid to don black robes of a judge

SUMMIT COUNTY – Despite losing two recent bids for judges’ seats, District Attorney Mike Goodbee said he remains dedicated to his role as prosecutor of a four-county mountain region, including Summit.

“I’ve always been candid with my constituents that I have long aspired to serve someday on the bench,” he said.

“That’s not a secret. When the opportunities arose, I decided to take them, but certainly not because I was in any way dissatisfied with the challenge of my current job.

“When I chose to apply for these positions, I felt it was a win-win to me because whether I got the positions or not, I’d continue to hold a job I have deep respect for and find challenging every day. I certainly never wanted to leave anybody with the impression I was running away from this position.”

Goodbee, a Democrat, had recently applied for an Eagle County judge position; Republican Gov. Bill Owens awarded that seat to former Pitkin County sheriff’s deputy and judge Frederick Walker Gannett Wednesday, also a Democrat.

The DA was also considered in July for a new Eagle County district court judge’s seat; that position went to Eagle County attorney Tom Moorhead, a Republican.

Goodbee, appointed DA in 1997, said he and his wife, Michelle, are “very disappointed” by the recent decisions.

“But I remain humbled by the breadth of support I got both from Republicans and Democrats in this bid for the bench,” he said.

He also said he’s pleased by the response from people within the district.

“Since I received word, I’ve had interesting calls from people who said they felt for me, on one hand. On the other hand, they said they were happy they didn’t lose me as a prosecutor in this district.”

Nevertheless, he isn’t abandoning his goal.

“I still hope someday to serve as a judge,” he said. “I’ve played a variety of roles within the courtroom, as an advocate for the people, and an advocate for the defense. The judge role is one I haven’t had an opportunity to play. Ultimately, I see myself as belonging in the courtroom, whether as a prosecutor or as a judge.”

As Fifth Judicial district attorney, Goodbee is chief prosecutor in Summit, Eagle, Lake and Clear Creek counties.

Jane Reuter can be reached at 668-3998, ext. 229, or by e-mail at

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