Beeson begins campaigning for DA |

Beeson begins campaigning for DA

District attorney candidate Martin Beeson said Thursday he will begin circulating candidate petitions next week to get his name on the ballot for the recall election of Colleen Truden.

Beeson and fellow candidate Chip McCrory, both Republicans, will have 15 days after Gov. Bill Owens sets the election to collect 1,000 signatures of registered Republicans in the 9th Judicial District counties of Pitkin, Garfield and Rio Blanco.

Only registered Republicans may sign because it is considered a party nomination, Beeson said. Petition circulators for the two candidates must also be registered Republicans.

Beeson, who worked for Truden as a deputy district attorney, also took his former boss to task for asking workers in her office to contribute to her recall defense fund.

“This sort of political arm-twisting ” directed at employees who are in a vulnerable position and in fear of retribution if they don’t cough up the money ” may be a new low for Truden,” Beeson said in a news release.

“I am disappointed because the families and taxpayers of this district have a right to expect that the person primarily responsible for prosecuting criminals will strive to remain above reproach in order to maintain moral authority in her work.”

At a news conference Wednesday, Truden said her office personnel have every right to decide if they want to contribute to her campaign.

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