Gordon McLaughlin

Gordon McLaughlin.

Gordon McLaughlin, a career prosecutor and a deputy district attorney, announced Monday he's running for DA for the 8th Judicial District.

His platform includes keeping communities safe, reforming the criminal justice system and taking a pragmatic approach to prosecution.

“My top priority is modernizing the criminal justice system,” the lone Democrat in the race so far said in a statement. "This means utilizing resources to combat the most serious crimes while providing others the opportunities to seek treatment."

The race already includes Republicans Mitch Murray of Fort Collins and Russell Sinnett of Loveland.

The 8th Judicial District includes Larimer and Jackson Counties. Gordon also has been a deputy district attorney in Eagle and Larimer counties. He has filled "many roles and trying dozens of cases in Larimer County over the six years that he has called Fort Collins home," Gordon's campaign said in its announcement.

Gordon cited the need to address mental health, substance abuse and homelessness as part of Larimer County’s population growth.

“I will lead an office that stops needlessly filling our jails and prisons, but instead addresses the root causes of crime through treatment and other alternatives that reduce recidivism,” he stated.

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