June 27, 2019

Update: Governor’s Office Reveals Twenty-Second Judicial District Candidates for District Attorney

The Office of the Governor on Thursday released the names of the three candidates vying to fill the vacancy in the district attorney’s office in Colorado’s Twenty-Second Judicial District, which covers Montezuma and Dolores counties in southestern Colorado.

Gov. Ritter’s office issued a press release naming the candidates and describing their professional accomplishments:

Andrew Michael Hughes of Cortez. Hughes has been a special United States attorney since May 2007, specializing in felony criminal prosecution. Previously, he worked in private practice at the law firm of Cameron Secrist and Starr. Between 1993 and 2007, he worked as a District Attorney in the 22nd, 6th and 12th judicial districts, and from 1987-93 he was a prosecutor for Montgomery County in Ohio. He graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music in 1977, and earned his J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law in 1983.

Mark Myers of Mancos served as a deputy district attorney in the 22nd Judicial District from 2005-07. He previously served as the District Attorney of the 9th Judicial District, and held positions as deputy district attorney in the 9th, 5th and 4th judicial districts from 1980-89. He worked in private practice from 1990-97, and he served as a municipal judge in Basalt from 1991-96. He was also a clerk to Judge Bernard Baker of the 4th Judicial District from 1979-1980. He graduated from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs with a B.A. in 1976, and earned a J.D. from the University of Denver College of Law in 1979.

Russell Wasley of Cortez. He has been a deputy district attorney in the 22nd Judicial District since December 2008. Between 2004 and 2007, he held positions as a deputy DA in the 6th, 14th and 9th judicial districts. From 1987-91 he worked as an assistant district attorney in Lubbock County, Texas. He practiced criminal law as an attorney for the Law Office of Thomas Silverman (October 2003-June 2004) and at the Law Office of Darrel Gubbels (January 2002-September 2002). He graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in 1979, and earned a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 1985.

Public comments on the candidates are welcome via e-mail at da.vacancy@state.co.us. Gov. Ritter is expected to name his appointee shortly after the public comment period concludes on June 11.

Jim Wilson, the Twenty-Second District’s previous district attorney, suffered fatal injuries in a motorcycle crash May 23 on I-70. A representative of the Colorado Attorney General’s Office has been prosecuting cases in the interim period until a successor is appointed.

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