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BRIGHTON — Former District Attorney Don Quick will be running as a Democrat for Colorado attorney ceneral in the 2014 election.
Quick was a prosecutor for the last 25 years and joined the Adams County District Attorney’s Office in 1988 as chief deputy. He was promoted five years later to oversee the county court, felony court and juvenile court. Quick served as the juvenile chief deputy for Attorney Gen, Ken Salazar in 1999, was promoted to chief deputy of the Attorney General’s office in 2002 and served two terms as Adams County District Attorney from 2005 through 2012. He is the chief deputy supervisor for the DA’s Broomfield office.
One of the hallmarks of Quick’s career, he said, has been working on the link between education and juvenile crime, something he is very passionate about.
“If you intervene in positive ways with kids early on, you have a better impact on them doing well in school and not going into the justice system,” he said.
Throughout his career, Quick has worked on a number of initiatives to keep juveniles in school and out of the justice system. He’s worked with school districts to develop a truancy initiative which provided better interventions for truant students brought to court. He has also implemented the Adams County Youth Initiative, reduced juvenile filings by 44 percent and reduced direct files for violent crimes committed by juveniles by 92 percent.
Quick said the justice system can do a better job of pushing juveniles in the right direction and is equally as passionate about the disproportionate number of minority citizens going to jail.
“We still have significant minority overrepresentation and we’ve had that for the last couple of decades and that’s wrong. Not only do I want to keep kids out of the justice system, I want to make sure that minority kids, kids of color aren’t going into the justice system at a higher rate.”
Additionally, Quick would like to keep an eye on the Environmental Crimes Unit, see if funds used to prosecute Medicaid funds are being used efficiently and work to improve affordable housing opportunities for all citizens.
Quick grew up in Jefferson County, graduated from Wheat Ridge High School and received a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Colorado before attending law school there. He met his wife, Kerrie, while in law school, and the couple has resided in Adams County for the last 25 years. They have two sons who are in college.
Colorado Attorney Gen. John Suthers, a Republican, is term-limited and cannot run in the 2014 election.