JAG officer secures GOP nomination for 18th JD

George Brauchler scored a decisive victory at the 18th Judicial District’s Republican nominating assembly, locking up nearly half the vote in the four-way primary contest for District Attorney.

Brauchler — an attorney and Chief of Military Justice for the U.S. Army — received 47 percent of the vote at the March 26 assembly, where Chief Deputy District Attorney Leslie Hansen earned 27 percent.

Robert Wareham, founder and CEO of Highlands Ranch Law Center, earned 17 percent of the vote but has decided to end his campaign.

Chief Deputy District Attorney John Topolnicki got less than ten percent of the vote at the assembly, preventing him from petitioning onto the ballot.

Andrew Cole, spokesman for the secretary of state’s office, confirmed that Hansen submitted petition signatures before the April 2 deadline. Hansen will need 1,000 valid signatures to secure a place on the ballot.

The candidates are vying for the chance to run against Judge Ethan Feldman, a Democrat, to replace the incumbent, Republican Carol Chambers, who is term limited.

Brauchler, who has framed the primary as a rare chance for the public to elect a qualified candidate from outside the district attorney’s office, said he was “pleasantly surprised” by the results.

He emphasized that there has not been someone from outside the district attorney’s office elected to represent the 18th Judicial District since 1968.

“People are looking for leadership, true, proven leadership,” Brauchler said.

Looking ahead to November, Brauchler described Hansen’s petitioning efforts as “just another small hurdle to get over as we head into the general election.”

Hansen did not return calls from The Colorado Statesman for comment.

Brauchler said the election will come down to what kind of leadership voters want to bring to the district attorney’s office.

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