DA’s race a no-brainer
Dear Editor:OK Republicans, it’s up to you. On Aug. 10 there will be an important primary race for district attorney for the 9th Judicial District.Colleen Truden, former municipal judge, is running against Assistant District Attorney Lawson Wills, who has 14 years experience prosecuting dangerous criminals. Since no one is running as a Democrat or independent, most likely the person who wins the primary will also win the election.The outcome should really be a no-brainer. However, there are many untruths flying around out there. For example, Ms. Truden claims that she will be tough on domestic violence offenders, the inference being that Lawson is not. That simply is not true.Ever since his arrival in Pitkin County as a deputy district attorney, Lawson has taken a strong stand against domestic violence perpetrators. He has demonstrated his support for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault by participating in RESPONSE’s training sessions for new advocates twice a year for the past eight years. I have also been impressed with his concern for victims’ rights.I think it is important to take into account the importance of checks and balances, which assure that we are all protected. Law enforcement, prosecution and the judiciary each has their role. When one entity becomes too powerful, we are all at risk.The term “trial lawyer” has taken a lot of heat lately, but don’t you think it just might be useful to have those skills when prosecuting cases?Peg McGavockexecutive directorRESPONSE: Help for Survivors ofDomestic Violence & Sexual Assault
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