ADMIN NOTE: NOT AN ENDORSEMENT. The Eagle County Democrats remain strictly neutral during all primary campaigns, but we are happy to share information from local Democratic candidates. Here is a press release from Braden Angel’s campaign:
DESPITE CHALLENGE OF COVID, LONGTIME LOCAL ATTORNEY AND PRESIDENT OF THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE BAR ASSOCIATION, BRADEN ANGEL, IS SUCCESSFUL IN HIS PETITION BID FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY.
(Avon, Colorado, April 14, 2020) – Longtime local attorney, Town of Blue River Municipal Prosecutor, and President of the Continental Divide Bar Association, Braden Angel, announced his candidacy for District Attorney in January 2020. On April 8, 2020, the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office confirmed a statement of sufficiency for Mr. Angel’s bid for the Office of the District Attorney for the 5th Judicial District for the June 30th democratic primary.
In order to qualify for a primary ballot by petition, a candidate must receive a set number of qualified and confirmed party-specific and district-specific signatures by a set deadline. This year, the deadline for signatures was March 17, 2020. All signatures must be hand-written and digital signatures are not accepted. Given the substantial impact of coronavirus across the state and the nation over the past two months, there were discussions regarding a possible deadline extension. Ultimately, the state legislators chose not to extend the deadline for ballot inclusion by petition.
“I feel incredibly fortunate that the community rallied behind my campaign and supported my petition so early in the signature collection process. This early, enthusiastic support allowed my campaign to prioritize community health and safety. Both of which are cornerstones of my campaign.”
As a result of COVID and the March 12, 2020 Eagle County Public Health Order restricting gathering sizes, the Angel for District Attorney Campaign decided to cancel several speaking and community outreach events originally scheduled for mid to late March and April. “It was difficult. I absolutely love connecting with the community and talking with people is one of my favorite parts of the campaign. However, I recognize that our community’s health was and is, more important.”
Mr. Angel began his career with the Fifth Judicial District as a University of Denver Law School Intern in 2006. Following graduation, Mr. Angel served as Deputy District for the Fifth Judicial District from 2007-2012. Mr. Angel has extensive experience prosecuting all level of crime ranging from minor traffic offenses to the most serious crimes including child sexual assault, attempted murder, and murder cases; including successful post-conviction hearings that resulted in a convicted murderer remaining incarcerated. Mr. Angel has successfully prosecuted jury trials in every county across the 5th Judicial District, which consists of Summit, Lake, Clear Creek, and Eagle counties.
Mr. Angel plans to continue campaign events through online platforms and will be hosting a virtual Town Hall via Zoom in early May. For more information and a list of upcoming events visit: www.angelfordistrictattorney.com.