Elizabeth Oldham has slight lead in 14th Judicial District Attorney’s race
November 5, 2008
The race for the District Attorney of the 14th Judicial District between Republican candidate Elizabeth “Liz” Oldham and Democratic candidate Tammy Stewart was coming down to the wire and was too close to call at 11 p.m. Tuesday.
However, both candidates handily outpolled one another on their home turf, and rockymountainnews.com showed Oldham with a 52-48 percent lead with 60 percent of precincts reporting.
The current district attorney, Bonnie Roesink, is retiring at the end of this year.
Oldham, the Republican candidate, spent Election Day working at the DA’s office in Hot Sulphur Springs and at the Grand County Judicial Center, explaining that she “still had a full case load.”
“It has been a challenge to continue to work as a full-time prosecutor and campaign at the same time,” Oldham said. “But I’m glad I did it.”
Oldham said she felt very positive about her campaign.
“I feel it went very well,” she said. “On several occasions, we went door-to-door, and I really enjoyed meeting the voters. They were very receptive and open to me, and asked a lot of questions. The whole experience was a delight to me.”
Oldham is a Grand Lake resident. She earned an undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado in Boulder before going on to earn her law degree from the University of Denver in 1997.
After working for a civil law firm in Denver for three years, Oldham joined the District Attorney’s Office for the 14th Judicial District. She has served in its Summit and Grand County offices for the past seven years.
Elizabeth is married to Kirk Oldham, who is the District Wildlife Manager for the Colorado Division of Wildlife in Grand County.
Stewart, the Democratic candidate, spent Tuesday canvassing for votes around the 14th Judicial District.
“I started in Craig this morning, traveled to Hayden and then on to Steamboat Springs and Oak Creek,” Stewart said. She finished her campaigning in Grand County.
During her final day of campaigning, Stewart was upbeat.
“My campaign’s been going great,” she said. “And now we’re at the finish line.”
Stewart, who lives in Steamboat Springs, has 19 years experience as an attorney and 12 years experience as a deputy district attorney. She is married with two teenage children.
A Colorado native, Stewart earned her undergraduate and law degrees at the University of Colorado. She served as Routt County’s prosecutor from 2005-06 when she focused on cases involving crimes against children, domestic violence, and serious and violent crimes.