Amy is a lawyer with over 25 years of experience, who has devoted nearly 15 years of her legal career to public service on behalf of Coloradans. As District Attorney, Amy will make sure her office is a responsible servant to the community across all ages. Judicial District 18, which consists of Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert, and Lincoln counties, is a vibrant and diverse community, and all residents deserve to feel heard, respected, and protected by our courts.

In addition to her day-to-day work at the Justice Department, Amy also played a key role in important criminal justice reform issues. Amy is a graduate of the College of William and Mary, in Williamsburg, Virginia, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry in 1991, and of the Georgetown University Law Center, in Washington, DC, where she earned her law degree in 1994. As a state prosecutor in the Attorney General’s Office, Amy assisted District Attorney’s Offices in rural areas by handling homicide and other felony cases for them. She has served with distinction in the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, where she worked in the Criminal Justice and Consumer Protection Sections; in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, most recently as the third in command for the office under the Obama … Padden is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020. Amy supports responsible firearm ownership and will ensure that anyone who breaks our laws regarding gun ownership will face harsh penalties.

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For too long, the 18th Judicial District has prioritized winning over justice, leading to overcharging, harming vulnerable populations, and wasting taxpayer money.

After leaving the Attorney General’s Office, Amy worked as a Supervisory Prosecutor for a diversion program and as a Deputy District Attorney for the Fifth Judicial District. When Amy became an Assistant U.S. Attorney, she worked closely with law enforcement to protect our communities from terrorists and other dangerous inmates, including Oklahoma City bomber Terry Nichols, who was seeking more lenient conditions of his sentence. The 18th Judicial District is the most diverse district in the state and recent events have further exposed the racial inequities inherent in our criminal justice system, as well as the need for true criminal justice reform. Juvenile diversion can alter the trajectory of a young person’s life in a positive direction.

We need a DA who is unafraid to take hard looks at prosecution data (e.g., charging decisions, plea offers, sentencing recommendations) and share the results. Amy will keep our communities safe by ensuring violent crimes are prosecuted and violent criminals are kept off our streets. This includes having a conviction integrity unit that is not solely comprised of unpaid volunteers and that is not limited to claims of “actual innocence,” as is the case currently in the 18th JD. We know that traditional policing and prosecution practices -- such as profiling, stop and frisk, and mandatory minimums -- disproportionately affect people of color. As an Assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Section, Amy Padden fought for the rights of Coloradans by prosecuting bogus charities and businesses engaged in fraud.

When Amy is not hard at work, she enjoys hiking, skiing, running, and spending time with her dogs. She has served with distinction in the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, where she worked in the Criminal Justice and Consumer Protection Sections; in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, most recently as the third in command for the office under the Obama Administration; and in a District Attorney’s Office as a Supervising Prosecutor for diversion programs. The 18th Judicial District is the most diverse district in the state.

When children or young adults commit crimes, society needs to step up and help them get their lives on track. Amy is also opposed to the pervasive practice of charging children as adults in the 18th JD. Amy Padden (Democratic Party) is running for election for Arapahoe County District Attorney in Colorado. With her wealth of experience, Amy will bring smart reform to the office that prioritizes public safety, alternatives to incarceration when appropriate, and protecting vulnerable populations that call our community home. In 2018, Amy returned to the Colorado Attorney General’s Office to work in the Law Enforcement Unit, and ultimately in the Special Prosecutions Unit.

She is the only candidate running for DA in the state who has worked at all three levels of government as a prosecutor — at the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and at a District Attorney’s Office. 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. Amy supports the Legislature’s repeal of the death penalty and will oppose any efforts to reinstate it. We know that the death penalty is not an effective deterrent, and we have witnessed cases around the country where men and women sentenced to death have later been exonerated. Paid for by Amy Padden for District Attorney, Website created by Mackenzie Marcus Media, Current state and federal elected officials, Former state and federal elected officials, Law enforcement, prosecutors and defense attorneys, Current and Former Elected Officials Endorsements. Amy supports the use of an outside prosecutor, such as the creation of a specialized unit within the Attorney General’s office, in cases of serious police misconduct to avoid conflicts, ensure uniform standards across the state, and deliver justice to victims and their families. As an Assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Section, Amy Padden fought for the rights of Coloradans by prosecuting bogus charities and businesses engaged in fraud.