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Tammy Stewart announces candidacy for 14th Judicial District Attorney

Courtesy photoTammy Stewart

Tammy L. Stewart is formally announcing her candidacy for District Attorney in the 14th Judicial District on Monday, April 7.

She will make a public appearance in all three counties to announce the candidacy as well as answer questions. Stewart will appear in Moffat County at 9:30 a.m. in front of the courthouse; she will appear in Routt County at 12:15 p.m. in front of the old courthouse; and she will appear in Grand County at 3:30 p.m. on the steps of the courthouse in Hot Sulphur Springs.

Stewart, a Routt County resident, has been a lawyer for 19 years. She is a Colorado native and graduated from the University of Colorado with both a bachelor’s degree in 1986 and a law degree in 1989.

She has 12 years of experience as a deputy district attorney in the state of Colorado. She has extensive experience as a Crimes Against Children prosecutor.

She was nominated by the 14th Judicial Nominating Committee for a District Court judge position in 2007; she was one of two finalists who met with Gov. Ritter.

Stewart served as a prosecutor in Routt County in 2005 and 2006. She has experience prosecuting the most serious felonies in Colorado.

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She has contributed to the community by serving on the Routt County Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors; participating from 2005-2007 in Law Day for elementary children; serving on the Safe-Haven Board to improve services for domestic violence victims; and has participated in the Sexual Assault Response Team, and the Domestic Violence Task Force in Routt County.

She was the recipient of the Heroes Award from the Children’s Advocacy Center in Jefferson County in 2001, 2002 and 2003. She received an award from Coors for teaching in their Courtrooms to Classrooms project at the high school level.

Stewart is employed as a part-time assistant county attorney in Moffat County handling dependency and neglect cases for abused children. She also has a private law practice in Steamboat Springs.

She has volunteered for the free legal aid clinic in Routt and Moffat counties. She also represents Legal Aid clients at a greatly reduced cost. She is an active volunteer in her local church as well.

Stewart is a member of the Colorado Bar Association, the California Bar Association, the National Native American Bar Association and the Northwest Colorado Bar Association.

She is running on a platform of reason, experience, and justice in this race.

Stewart believes that positive change is needed in the district attorney’s office. She believes that community safety is paramount, but the district attorney also needs to use reason and judgment in filing decisions and the prosecution of criminal cases.

The relationship between local law enforcement and the DA’s office needs to be improved. She believes more alternative programs are necessary to address the special issues facing juveniles in our rural and rural/resort communities; she has experience in a Front Range “Teen Court” program, and believes it may be a viable option for our own communities.

Ms. Stewart is in favor of a Community Advisory Committee and believes that local prosecution needs to reflect local values and requires input from all aspects of the community. She believes that grand juries would be valuable in some cases, and has grand jury experience.

Stewart is dedicated to being a working district attorney and believes the elected district attorney should be one of the most experienced attorneys in the courtroom and be personally involved in prosecuting our communities’ most serious cases.

Stewart wants to continue with her career of public service by representing the

people of the 14th Judicial District as their elected district attorney. She believes our community needs her level of experience for such an important position.

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