Vail Valley District Attorney Mark Hurlbert plans to announce Thursday he is running for the Colorado State Senate seat currently held by Democrat Dan Gibbs, representing Clear Creek, Boulder, Gilpin, Grand, Jefferson and Summit counties.
Hurlbert, a Republican, currently is the chief prosecutor in the District Attorney's office in the Fifth Judicial District.
"This is a time in Colorado when those with a strong and clear vision need to step forward, so that our future can be as impressive as our past," said Hurlbert. "There is so much potential in Colorado, so much that we can and should be doing to ensure the interests of our citizens and state."
"I am a firm believer in the ability of government to work to the benefit of the public, but I also know that there need to be realistic expectations from the constituency as to what government's limits are," Hurlbert continued. "Particularly now, fiscal responsibility must be a priority. Hard decisions will have to be made, but those decisions ultimately will benefit all of us."
Hurlbert was appointed District Attorney for the Fifth Judicial District in December 2002 to complete the term of Michael Goodbee. In 2004, he was elected as District Attorney to a four year term. Since 2002, he has been the chief prosecutor for the counties of Summit, Eagle, Clear Creek and Lake.
Mark has worked in the District Attorney's office since 1993, beginning as an intern under then-District Attorney Pete Michaelson. In 1994, he was appointed Deputy District Attorney and has also held the positions of Chief Deputy District Attorney and Assistant District Attorney. In his sixteen years in the District Attorney's Office, Mark has prosecuted several high profile cases including seven first degree murder cases, several sexual assault cases and People v. Kobe Bryant. Mark currently serves on several boards including the Summit County Advocates for Assault, the Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice Drug Policy Subcommittee and was the President of the Colorado District Attorney's Counsel.
A resident of Summit County since 1979, Mark is a graduate of Summit High School. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College and his Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado. In his spare time, Mark likes to ski, hike, run and fly fish. He has climbed all of Colorado's 14ers, as well as Mt. Whitney in California, Mt. Rainer in Washington and the Grand Teton in Wyoming. He lives with his wife Cathy and their two children, Jack and Cydney, in Breckenridge.