Prosecutor announces candidacy |

Prosecutor announces candidacy

Grand County chief deputy running for district attorney

Joshua Roberts
Elizabeth Oldham

At a glance

Name: Elizabeth Oldham

Age: 36

Residence: Grand Lake

Position: Chief Deputy District Attorney, 14th Judicial District Grand County office

Bio: Bachelor's degree from University of Colorado. Law degree from University of Denver. Began prosecuting in 2001 in Grand County and later was promoted to chief deputy district attorney. Served four years as chief deputy district attorney for the Fifth Judicial District in Summit County. Returned to Grand County in May 2007 to again serve as chief deputy. Board member for Advocates for Victims of Assault, and Rotary Club member in Grand Lake.

— A Grand County prosecutor announced Thursday her candidacy for the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s office and could officially file for the position today.

Elizabeth Oldham, 36, a Grand Lake resident, has been a prosecutor for more than seven years, including two stints in the 14th Judicial District’s Grand County office.

She currently is the chief deputy district attorney in Grand County and prosecutes that office’s felony cases.

If Oldham, a Republican, files for the district attorney election today, she would become the first candidate to do so.

She said her run for office is a continuation of a job she feels strongly about.

“Really, what it comes down to is passion,” Oldham said. “I really love what I’m doing. I’m very proud of what I do.”

Oldham began work in the 14th Judicial District in 2001 as a deputy district attorney in Grand County. She was later promoted to chief deputy. From 2003 to 2007, she served as chief deputy district attorney in Summit County.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado and her law degree from the University of Denver in 1997.

Her current boss supports her run for district attorney.

“I think she will do an excellent job,” said Bonnie Roesink, 14th Judicial District attorney, adding that she officially endorses Oldham. “She’s got the administrative experience; she’s a great trial attorney. : I get nothing but great reviews about her performance.”

Methamphetamine and domestic violence are her primary agenda issues.

She said she will “address the serious crisis of methamphetamine” in the tri-county judicial district and take a “hard stance” in prosecuting methamphetamine cases against users and distributors.

However, she also realizes curbing area methamphetamine use and distribution is no small task.

“It’s a very addictive drug, so it’s not something you can eradicate quickly,” Oldham said.

In domestic violence cases, she plans on implementing a fast track program to “swiftly hold offenders accountable and ensure offenders promptly undergo domestic violence treatment.”

The final piece of her campaign agenda is creating a “citizen advisory board” for the District Attorney’s Office. The advisory board would give prosecutors feedback on performance, and aid in constructing crime prevention programs “for a safer community.”

“We want input – what are we doing right, where are we failing – so we can improve,” Oldham said.

The candidate said she is putting together a plan to host public forums once a month in each county within the judicial district. She said she will have a presence in Moffat and Routt counties, where she may not be as well known.

Oldham said she seeks to continue serving the 14th Judicial District as district attorney.

“I’ve been a prosecutor for about seven years, and I love it,” Oldham said. “I just want to improve the confidence of the public in this office.”

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