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District Attorney Bruce Brown wins re-election by slim margin

Jack Queen
jqueen@summitdaily.com

EAGLE — With all four counties reporting complete unofficial election results Wednesday, District Attorney Bruce Brown has won re-election by less than 1,000 votes.

Brown, the Democratic incumbent, won the most votes in Summit, Clear Creek and Lake counties, while Republican Bruce Carey won his home county of Eagle. Independent Sanam Mehrnia had her strongest showing in Summit, bringing in 4,016 votes to Carey's 4,938 and Brown's 5725. All told, Brown won 18,271 votes to Carey's 17,286 and Mehrnia's 7,151.

The race for District Attorney of Colorado's Fifth Judicial District was too close to call at press time Tuesday night. When the counting was done Wednesday afternoon, Brown was the winner. "I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve the people in court as their prosecutor," Brown said. "It has been an honor to be the elected District Attorney since 2013, and I am buoyed by the prospect of building on the accomplishments the District Attorney's staff has achieved.

Brown faced a tough challenge from his two opponents, both of whom promised to bring restorative justice and alternative sentencing practices to the county. The incumbent placed more emphasis than his challengers on securing justice for victims.

Carey took his campaign on the offensive against Brown with radio ads accusing him of failing to properly report an accident after totaling his state-owned vehicle last year. Brown fired back with his own spots, criticizing Carey for bribery and witness tampering charges that he plead down to professional misconduct in 1993. Mehrnia largely stayed out of the back and forth, focusing instead on her campaign pledge to "bring humanity back to justice."

"My thanks to the voters for returning me to this important office. I will be working hard to assure the public is well protected, victims' rights are honored, and that each person accused of a crime has their Constitutional rights respected and given fair opportunities to participate in a course of rehabilitation whenever appropriate," Brown said.