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Don Quick, candidate for attorney general, visits Craig

Erin Fenner

Don Quick, left, candidate for Colorado attorney general, chats with Moffat County Democrats Jo Ann Baxter and Dave Schwerin on Monday about his run for office.

Don Quick, former Adams County district attorney, made a stop in Craig on Monday to tell residents why he is running for the office of Colorado attorney general.

Quick, a Democrat, said his primary goal is to get at crime before it starts. The way to do that, he said, is by improving education. While it is important to incarcerate criminals, there should be a heavy focus in the state on making sure people don't become criminals to begin with, he said.

"You can't just create safer communities by incarcerating people," he said. "You have to increase graduation rates."

When kids make it through high school and graduate, they are 50 percent less likely to face the criminal justice system, Quick said. Work on education needs to start early, he added.

"Eighty-eight percent of the kids who drop out of high school had a learning gap in kindergarten," Quick said.

Quick highlighted the Adams County Youth Initiative he helped start that brought together professionals and families to make sure children, from infancy to adolescence, were getting the best nutrition and education help they could. The county saw a 44 percent drop in overall juvenile crime after eight years of the program being in effect, Quick said.

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"It's not being soft on crime. It's being smart on crime," he said.

As an attorney general, he also would want to cut down on environmental crime and corruption, he said. He would not defend Colorado's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage because he said it is inherently unconstitutional by federal standards.

"As top cop and top state prosecutor, you should have prosecution experience," he said. And you should be "independent and someone who represents all of Colorado."

Quick was endorsed by Pete Hautzinger — a Republican and district attorney for Mesa County — earlier Monday.

Bonnie Roesink, former district attorney for Moffat and Routt counties, expressed her avid support for Quick.

Quick was “so supported by all of law enforcement when he was district attorney," she said. "He's an exceptional prosecutor, and his ethics are above reproach."

Quick is running against Colorado’s Chief Deputy Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, a Republican, for the office.

Contact Erin Fenner at 970-875-1794 or efenner@CraigDailyPress.com.