Coffman elected attorney general, beats Quick |

Coffman elected attorney general, beats Quick

DENVER — Republican Cynthia Coffman has won an open election for attorney general, defeating Democrat Don Quick.

Coffman is the chief deputy for Attorney General John Suthers, who is retiring. She will become Colorado’s first new attorney general in a decade.

Quick is a former Adams County district attorney.

Coffman has said she plans to establish a public integrity unit to investigate corruption by public officials.

On gay marriage, Coffman said she agreed with Suthers’ decision to enforce Colorado’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage despite federal rulings in other states declaring such bans illegal. Suthers dropped his opposition after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to contradict a federal decision that applied to Colorado.

Quick had said he would not have defended Colorado’s gay-marriage ban.

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