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Publish Date: 10/16/2006

Elect Suthers attorney general

John W. Suthers has a remarkably strong professional background that should be a major factor in persuading Colorado voters to elect him to a full four-year term as Colorado’s attorney general.

Suthers has held the office since January of 2005 following his appointment to the post by the governor and confirmation by the state Senate.

As attorney general, Suthers has the responsibility of representing the state as a whole and state agencies, boards and commissions.

Suthers, in addition to his public service in government, has a background as a civic volunteer. He is a former U.S. attorney for Colorado having been unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. He is a former executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections and is a former elected district attorney in Colorado Springs.

Previously, he had significant experience in the private practice of law.

Suthers has a background in fighting consumer fraud and white-collar crime. Suthers, a Republican, in appealing for voter support, has written the following: “… my office has done good work in pursuing criminals who defraud the public, in deterring scams on the elderly and I protecting Colorado’s water and other natural resources for the benefit of future generations. I’ve also led legislative efforts to protect children from Internet predators, to strengthen our laws against sexually violent predators and to deter mortgage and foreclosure fraud.”

The attorney general wants to continue in office to help deter illegal immigration and to “fight the methamphetamine scourge.”

Democrat Fern O’Brien of Gunbarrel also has a healthy record as a civic volunteer. She is in private legal practice with a Boulder firm and her emphasis in that role is on business, real estate and finance law.

Libertarian Dwight K. Harding of Longmont, a wry observer of current events, too, has done his share of community work. While it is unlikely that Harding would be elected, he is among the highest vote-getters in his party judging from past performance at the polls. He feels there is far too much government.

Based on his knowledge of the state and his successful past performance in a variety of important positions, voters should elect John Suthers as Colorado attorney general.

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