Dem decides against DA run, backs Wills |

Dem decides against DA run, backs Wills

Democrat Sherry Caloia ended her plans to run for the Ninth Judicial District Attorney and instead pledged her support for a cross-party rival. An attorney in Glenwood and Carbondale, Caloia said Tuesday she doesn’t feel she has time to dedicate herself to such a demanding position.”I have two kids at home, commitments at school, extracurricular activities and a very busy practice, which I enjoy and would have a difficult time giving up,” Caloia said.The Ninth Judicial District encompasses Garfield, Pitkin and Rio Blanco counties. Current district attorney Mac Myers faces term limits.No other Democratic candidate has been announced, although a registered Democrat can still enter the race.Caloia is giving her support to Republican DA candidate Lawson Wills. Wills, 47, was born in Pueblo and is a criminal attorney in Aspen and Glenwood Springs.Wills’ affiliation with the Republican Party doesn’t concern Caloia. The district attorney is not a political position, Caloia said.”Lawson Wills and I have a similar philosophy, and he will be a capable district attorney because he is an experienced trial attorney and his (opponent) is not,” Caloia said. Wills will run against Republican candidate Colleen Truden in the primaries Aug. 10. Without any opposition, that winner likely will become the next district attorney.Wills, currently assistant district attorney, has 14 years of experience as a trial attorney in Colorado and has tried more than 4,000 cases.Truden has 20 years of law experience. She’s been a judge, attorney, legal adviser and administrator. Truden was Glenwood Springs’ municipal judge for nine years. But Truden’s trial experience is limited because she’s never been a prosecutor, Caloia said.In a judicial district the size of the Ninth District, it’s important for an experienced prosecutor to go to trial, Wills said.”The most important thing to look for when choosing a district attorney is experience,” Wills said. “You only learn by doing it – through mistakes and successes – and Truden just doesn’t have trial experience.” Wills and Caloia strongly stress the importance of juvenile protection. It’s important to understand juveniles and adults have different motives for committing crimes, Wills said.Truden did not immediately return phone calls seeking comment.Contact Ivy Vogel: 945-8515, ext.

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