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Vail Daily letter: Re-elect Brown for DA

Four years ago, the people of Colorado's Fifth Judicial District demanded change in the District Attorney's Office and voted Bruce Brown as our district attorney. We voted for change; however, we received transformational leadership. The past four years have proven our electoral instincts correct: Bruce Brown, a transformational leader, not only has held office, but held justice to a higher standard.

For the position of district attorney, Bruce Brown's office has provided to victims a listener and a voice to defendants, a fair and even-handed approach to prosecution. One look at the tough cases the Bruce Brown office has taken on with integrity and conviction. This is why I voted for Bruce in 2012. If I stopped here, the summation would be: "Promises made, promises kept." But, it does not stop here.

Bruce has also taken the DA's Office to a new level of maturity, accountability and results, transforming the community by putting offenders behind bars while making certain that first time offenders of non-violent crimes are given the opportunity to not only make it right with the community but also to turn their lives around.

Some offenders are our youth while others are veterans returning from service to our country, each with unique needs qualifying them for programs to turnaround their lives. Affecting the lives of others is one of our highest callings as members of our communities.

Take, for example, the Vet Connect program in Clear Creek County, between the Office of the District Attorney and the Sheriff's Office, the local Veteran's Service Coordinator, the courts and the Veteran's Administration. This one-of-a-kind program, launched in Clear Creek County, will facilitate cases taking into account a veteran's positive contribution to our country and community through their military service if they should come into court accused of a crime. This program will positively affect a veteran defendant's involvement in rehabilitative opportunities, including treatment, that are available through the Veteran's Administration, other providers, as well as networking to other available aid and resources. Our veterans will be given the treatment they so deserve and further aid and support their lives.

An elected official's impact should also serve as a foundation for the future. Bruce has built up a team of prosecutors who, under his direction, are building their prosecutorial and leadership skills so that we continue the vision and the transformation for many elections to come. It is not enough to just meet our current commitments but we must have leaders from the younger generations to meet the needs of our communities.

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Thus, my friends in Colorado's Fifth Judicial District, you have options. One candidate delivers just results for all citizens. One candidate is taking this position to a whole new level and is building the solutions into the system to provide you with safety, security and a voice. Only one candidate, Bruce Brown, is transforming for future needs of the community. I fully support Bruce Brown in his bid for a second term. Please join me.

Robert Houdeshell