Breckenridge attorney steps forward in DA race |

Breckenridge attorney steps forward in DA race

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Vail, CO Colorado
Todd Barson

SUMMIT COUNTY – Breckenridge attorney Todd Barson Monday announced his candidacy for the office of 5th Judicial District Attorney in 2012.

Barson, 44, is a former deputy district attorney with the 5th Judicial District, working with that office from 1994 to 1999, when he opened his own practice.

Barson first came to Summit County in 1994, working as a deputy district attorney. In 2007, he was named judge for the Blue River Municipal Court while contuing his private law practice. He has practiced in all four counties in the 5th District.

In a news release, Barson said he will, as DA, institute a program of regular training of deputy district attorneys using both inside trainers and outside courses. He plans to form a felony-review unit, coordinating and cooperating with all law enforcement agencies, to decide which cases should be filed or rejected, or are in need of more work.

The release went on to say Barson will prioritize the treatment of juvenile delinquency, focusing on each juvenile individually and tailoring the disposition of each case to its the specifics.

In addition to his legal background, Barson has served as a Mountain Mentor since 1995 and as president of the Summit County Drunk Driving Committee and Tipsy Taxi. He was on the board of the Summit Prevention Alliance, belonged to the Child Protection Team and is a volunteer with the Court Appointed Special Advocates.

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A Democrat, Barson looks to be elected to the office currently held by Mark Hurlbert, who is term limited. Others in the race so far include Republicans Scott Turner, chief deputy DA in Breckenridge, and attorney Bruce Brown, of Clear Creek County.

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