|Attorney General of Colorado|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|Profession||Chief Deputy Attorney General of Colorado|
Coffman currently serves as Chief Deputy Attorney General of Colorado.
- See also: Colorado attorney general election, 2014
|Attorney General of Colorado, 2014|
|Libertarian||David K. Williams||6.2%||118,165|
|Election Results via Colorado Secretary of State. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 100% precincts reporting.|
Originally appointed in 2005 to fill a vacancy in the office, outgoing Republican Colorado Attorney General John Suthers went on to win two full terms in 2006 and 2010. He was barred by term limits from running for a third consecutive term, leaving the attorney general seat open in the 2014 elections.
The seat was first marked as "vulnerable" to partisan switch in a March 2013 report Governing put together about the 2014 attorney general elections. In December, the same publication rated the race a "tossup." Out of a total of 31 attorney general seats up for election nationwide in 2014, only four received this rating, including Colorado. The others were Arizona, Arkansas and Wisconsin. Against the backdrop of Colorado's "purple" partisan landscape, statewide races are flagged as competitive early on because major party organizations and other interests get involved in order to exert influence over state government.
In this case, Democratic Party forces placed their faith and money in the campaign of Don Quick, a career prosecutor whom Governing called "a strong contender to flip the seat." Quick previously served as District Attorney for the 17th Judicial District, which includes Adams County, and spent six years as deputy attorney general under Suthers' predecessor, Democrat Ken Salazar.
Also vying to succeed Suthers as Colorado's chief legal officer was Republican contender Cynthia Coffman. Coffman served as chief deputy under Suthers. Coffman's husband, Mike Coffman (R), is a three-term U.S. Representative from Colorado's 6th Congressional District and a former Colorado Secretary of State. Like Quick, she had the connections and access to deep pockets necessary for running a legitimate statewide campaign.
Quick and Coffman were uncontested for their respective party nominations in the June 24 primary and advanced automatically to the general election. Libertarian attorney and party activist David K. Williams was the only third party candidate on the November ballot. Coffman won the general election on November 4, 2014.
Money in the race
The Republican Attorney Generals Association spent $2.6 million on Coffman's campaign as of September. Quick was operating on less than one-quarter of that amount, and he tried to compensate for the relative funding shortage by "walking 2.6 miles a day in campaigning."
- Death Penalty:
|“||After a conviction and death sentence, the state’s criminal appellate attorneys defend the legal process that resulted in capital punishment. In the case of Chuck E. Cheese killer Nathan Dunlap, the Governor decided to grant a guilty defendant a reprieve from the death penalty, a decision I vehemently oppose. When I am Attorney General, I will advocate for the death penalty as a suitable punishment for certain heinous crimes against the citizens of our state. And I will do all I can to assure the will of the people is carried out as prescribed by law||”|
- School Safety:
|“||Some of our country’s leading school safety experts live here in Colorado and have partnered with the Attorney General’s Office to provide training and programming for school administrators, teachers, and law enforcement officers. I look forward to growing this community outreach effort as your next Attorney General.||”|
- Oil and Gas:
|“||If elected as your Attorney General, I will continue to take legal action and fight back when local jurisdictions break the law with their attempts to ban hydraulic fracturing. In those instances when interest groups and local governments try to usurp authority from law-abiding landowners and individuals in the oil and gas industry, I will enforce the law – even if it means taking overreaching, anti-drilling jurisdictions to court.||”|
- Tort Reform:
|“||As Attorney General, I will take a strong stand in favor of the Colorado business community by supporting reasonable tort reform efforts.||”|
|Colorado Attorney General - 2014 General Election|
|Poll||Cynthia Coffman (R)||Don Quick (D)||David K. Williams (L)||Undecided||Margin of Error||Sample Size|
July 8-10, 2014
|Public Policy Polling|
July 17-20, 2014
September 9-16, 2014
|Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to|
**Due to the nature of the comparison, a placeholder figure of 0% is assigned to candidates not included in any given match-up round
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- Attorney General of Colorado
- Colorado attorney general election, 2014
- Current Colorado Attorney General John Suthers
- The Denver Post, "John Suthers to nominate Cynthia Coffman for attorney general at state GOP assembly," April 11, 2014
- Cynthia Coffman for Colorado Attorney General 2014 Official Campaign Website, "Homepage," accessed September 3, 2013
- Governing, "The 2013-2014 Attorneys General Races: Who's Vulnerable?," March 25, 2013
- Governing, "What's Ahead for the Attorney General Races in 2014?," December 19, 2013
- Broomfield Democrats, "17th J.D. District Attorney: Don Quick ," accessed February 13, 2013
- The Post Independent, "AG candidates want state unit to fight public theft," September 6, 2014
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- Cynthia Coffman for Attorney General 2014 Official campaign website, "Issues: The Courtroom," accessed October 5, 2014
- Cynthia Coffman for Attorney General 2014 Official campaign website, "Issues: The Classroom," accessed October 5, 2014
- Cynthia Coffman for Attorney General 2014 Official campaign website, "Issues: The Boardroom," accessed October 5, 2014
- Don Quick for Attorney General 2014 Official campaign website, "Why I'm Running," accessed October 5, 2014
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