Democrat Amy Padden is wading into the campaign ad race with a new video that’s very personal to her: keeping guns off the street.
She pledges to support universal background checks and getting military-style weapons (“weapons of war”) off the streets if she’s elected attorney general this year in a 90-second video, her first of the race.
“We’ve got to keep our communities safe to find justice,” she says in it.
Her campaign is spending $10,000 to promote it on Facebook and other social media platforms but intends to air it statewide on TV as the campaign toward the June 26 primary and, if things go well for her, the November general election.
Padden is one of four Democrats running to be the state’s top prosecutors, with state Rep. Joe Salazar of Thornton, former University of Colorado law school dean Phil Weiser and Denver lawyer Brad Levin.
Padden, Salazar and Weiser each need to get 30 percent of the delegates at Saturday’s Democratic State Assembly to get on the ballot. Levin is collecting 10,500 petition signatures from registered voters — 1,500 per congressional district.
Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler is running unopposed on the Republican side.
Padden’s ad is personal.
She is the former wife of Sean May, the Denver prosecutor who was shot and killed in his backyard in the Highlands neighborhood in 2008. They were divorced at the time but remained close and shared custody of their dog.
“The reason he was killed was because of his job.” Padden said, though the gunman has not yet been caught.
To keep the public safe, people have to be willing to take the risk to be prosecutors, she said.
“I’m the candidate in the race who has done that job, who has worked to keep our communities safe,” she told Colorado Politics Thursday.
That’s true in the Democratic primary, but there’s Brauchler waiting on the general election.