George Brauchler has qualified for the GOP primary ballot in the district attorney race for the newly formed 23rd Judicial District that will serve Douglas, Elbert, and Lincoln Counties.

Brauchler filed nearly 1,250 verified signatures with the Secretary of State’s office to meet the 1,000 threshold, it was announced Wednesday.

It’s unclear whether fellow Republican Dagna Van Der Jagt, who is also campaigning for the post, has qualified yet to be on the ballot.

The new 23rd district takes effect in 2025 and is expected to be the most conservative judicial district in the state.

Brauchler is a skilled attorney who has handled numerous notorious cases including the prosecution of the Aurora Theater shooter, Highlands Ranch STEM School shooting, and Columbine cases.

According to his official bio, he continues to serve as a colonel in the Colorado National Guard.

After three terms as the 18th Judicial District Attorney, Brauchler took over as the morning host on KNUS news talk radio in Denver. He has taken a leave of absence to reenter politics.

Van Der Jagt has a couple of decades experience as a lawyer and served as a deputy district attorney criminal prosecutor, civil litigator, and criminal defense attorney.

“As the owner of a small successful law firm with multiple attorneys under my command in Castle Rock Colorado, I know how to stick to a budget, count paper clips, and operate a professional and effective organization that is accountable to its customers. I know how to balance life as a homeschooling mother in a demanding career. But most importantly, I know how to organize and live by my allegiances,” she said in her bio.