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Eagle Co. prosecutor wants to keep his job

Ryan Slabaugh
Summit County Correspondent
Vail, CO Colorado
AP PhotoMark Hurlbert

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” District Attorney Mark Hurlbert announced Thursday he will run for re-election in November.

Hurlbert, appointed to the position in 2002 and elected in 2004, says his ability to successfully prosecute murder and human smuggling cases are reasons he should retain the position.

“We had three murder convictions in this district, and we got three first degree convictions for all of them,” Hurlbert said. “We also had success with immigration smuggling enforcement. We were the first in the state to start enforcing this law.”

Hurlbert is the top prosecutor for the Fifth Judicial District, which includes Eagle, Summit, Lake and Clear Creek counties.

Hurlbert said his biggest challenge in the future will be dealing with an increased caseload ” the office prosecuted more than 100 more in Eagle County last year ” while managing high turnover among his staff caused by the high cost of living.

Hurlbert said he is starting to raise funds for the campaign.

“I already have people who told me they would give me money,” he added.

Hurlbert was appointed District Attorney in December of 2002 to finish the term of Mike Goodbee who left for the Attorney General’s Office. In 2004, Hurlbert was elected to a four-year term.

Hurlbert has lived in the Colorado mountains since 1979, when his family moved to Dillon. He received a Bachelor of Arts in government from Dartmouth College and his law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law.

Hurlbert lives with his wife Cathy and two children, Jack and Cydney.

If elected, Hurlbert said he will work with local schools to combat truancy and violence. He will also continue to work with law enforcement and the mental health community in helping those with mental health issues in the criminal justice system get help and stay out of jail.

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