This week, Amy Padden District Attorney candidate (18th Judicial District: Arapahoe, Lincoln, Douglas, and Elbert counties in Colorado) announced the endorsements of US Senator Michael Bennet, Congresspersons Crow, DeGette, and Neguse, as well as former Governor and US Senate Candidate John Hickenlooper, all of which she has earned since winning her primary. Padden had previously announced the endorsement of Congressman Ed Perlmutter, who had supported her during her primary race, which she won by nearly 44 points.
“I am humbled and honored by the outpouring of support for my campaign, which shows that our key elected officials — who have earned the votes of not just Democrats, but also Republican, unaffiliated, and minor party voters — recognize my experience, leadership skills, and ability to represent the people of the 18th Judicial District,” Padden said.
As the next District Attorney, Padden has pledged to enhance public safety, address mass incarceration, and protect the vulnerable: “As your District Attorney, my first and last job is to keep you and your family safe. I will prioritize violent crime, stand with victims, and ensure vulnerable members of our society are protected.”
Sen. Michael Bennet said that he was endorsing Padden “because I know she will make our communities safer and be a leader on criminal justice reform.”
In endorsing Padden, Congressman Crow stated, “Amy has the skills, character, and integrity to be the next District Attorney for the 18th Judicial District. She understands the community and has committed to the reforms that are long overdue. Amy will make our community safer and ensure everyone is treated equally.”
“Amy has been a community leader in Colorado for decades and has the right experience to keep us safe and to lead the 18th JD in a new direction,” noted Congresswoman Diana DeGette.
These endorsements join the ranks of Padden’s numerous rounds of endorsements, which included Sen. Bernie Sanders (former US Presidential candidate) Ken Salazar (former Secretary of the Department of Interior, former U.S. Senator, and former Colorado Attorney General), Gail Schoettler (former Lt. Governor and former State Treasurer), Joe Salazar (former State Representative), and Aurora School Board Member Kevin Cox, as well as former Arapahoe County elected officials Karen Middleton and Su Ryden, current Rep. Meg Froelich, and elected District Attorneys Henry Solano (3rd Judicial District) and Bruce Brown (5th Judicial District), among others.
Padden is currently a Deputy District Attorney in the 11th Judicial District. Prior to her current position, she worked as a Deputy DA and the Supervising Adult Diversion Prosecutor in the 5th Judicial District. Before her work at these DA offices, Padden served with distinction in both the Colorado Attorney General’s Office (where she worked in the Criminal Justice and Consumer Protection Sections), and in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for over a decade, most recently as the third in command. Her experience ranges from cross-examining terrorists in court, to working on pressing issues of criminal justice reform, to managing a large office of prosecutors and staff.
Padden lives in Aurora with her husband. Additional information is available on Padden’s website: www.amypadden.com.
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