Cynthia Coffman, current Chief Deputy Attorney General, announced her run for Colorado Attorney General this morning.

Coffman made waves recently when she took to Governor Hickenlooper’s steps, along with District Attorney George Brauchler, to jaw-jack Hick over his cowardly Nathan Dunlap reprieve, showing that Hick’s inane move will be a major issue for all Democrats, not just him.

House Minority Leader Mark Waller and Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck are also likely to announce runs for the Republican nomination as well.

On the Democratic side, only Adams County District Attorney Don Quick has announced, but there are rumors that Senate Majority Leader Morgan Carroll is also eyeing the race.

UPDATERocky Mountain Gun Owners boss Dudley Brown took a serious swipe at Cynthia Coffman after her announcement this afternoon on this post.

Coffman isn’t backing down, though, quickly firing back at Brown via Twitter:

This is why we love politics. We don’t even have two or three horses officially in the race (excuse the analogy, Cynthia) and already the horse race is on.

Check out her full press release after the jump.

Cynthia Coffman Formally Announces Bid for Colorado Attorney General

Protecting Coloradans: From the Classroom to the Courtroom, from the Family Room to the Boardroom

Chief Deputy Attorney General Cynthia Coffman is pleased to formally announce her candidacy for Colorado Attorney General in the November 2014 election. Ms. Coffman has served as the state’s Chief Deputy Attorney General for more than eight years. She was selected by current Attorney General John Suthers to serve as his top Deputy and lawyer in March 2005. Ms. Coffman manages operations of the 400-person office, which is Colorado’s largest law firm.

“I have made a career of public service. The majority of my 22 years of law practice have been spent as a government attorney. I am a lawyer at heart, not a politician. In fact, I’ve never run for elected office before. I want to be Attorney General because I am committed to serving Colorado as the state’s top lawyer and law enforcement official,” said Ms. Coffman.

The attorney general represents the legal interests of the people of Colorado and defends the state’s sovereignty. In outlining some of Colorado’s pressing legal issues motivating her run for office, Ms. Coffman observes:

“Right now, we are facing legal issues of critical importance to our state’s quality of life.

· Rural Colorado is enduring a catastrophic drought – as Attorney General I will fight to protect Colorado’s water rights so ranchers have a better chance to hold onto their land and livelihood.

· The federal government oversteps its authority under the 10th Amendment with shocking regularity – it is up to the Attorney General to defend Coloradans’ rights to govern their state according to their own laws, and not by the Obama Administration’s agenda in Washington, D.C. 

· The integrity of our criminal justice system has been diminished by a flawed corrections system and unenforced death penalty – I will champion our district attorneys and law enforcement officials as they defend Colorado’s public safety.” 

Ms. Coffman’s experience working at the Colorado General Assembly, the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, and as the governor’s chief counsel has uniquely prepared her to lead the Attorney General’s Office when General Suthers’ term ends next year. 

“There is a lot of work to be done and I am ready to step in and run the Attorney General’s Office on my first day in office,” said Ms. Coffman. “I look forward to protecting Coloradans, from the classroom to the courtroom, from the family room to the boardroom.” 

Today’s formal announcement marks the beginning of the Cynthia Coffman for Attorney General Campaign. A major public event celebrating the campaign is planned for September 2013.

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