Ken Salazar for attorney general |

Ken Salazar for attorney general

In his four years of service as the state’s top lawyer, Attorney General Ken Salazar has done an outstanding job protecting consumers, seniors and the environment and prosecuting gangs, scammers and companies that rip off customers.

The San Luis Valley Democrat is seeking a second term in office. His challenger, Republican Marti Allbright, served as the No. 2 attorney in the office under Salazar’s predecessor, Attorney General Gale Norton.

Allbright is clearly capable of taking on the top job, working as what she calls “the state’s lawyer.” Her Colorado roots go deep; her experiences as a lawyer in Denver and Washington, D.C., speak well of her stamina and savvy.

But her views on boosting water storage would spell trouble for the Western Slope basins that would likely be dewatered to fill new or expanded reservoirs.

Salazar, on the other hand, fought damaging water projects aimed at tapping the Gunnison and San Luis basins.

While he is a friend to Western Slope water users, Salazar has served the whole state in unmasking fraud, protecting natural resources, and working to prevent violence and crime in schools, homes and on the streets.

Fully aware of the challenges that rural law enforcement officers and district attorney’s offices face, Salazar boosted training for cops and prosecutors. He has also raised a strong voice supporting crime victims.

And fulfilling his campaign promises of 1998, he cracked down on the sweepstakes industry and estate plan operators that prey on the elderly.

Salazar met the goals he spelled out four years ago in a performance that gives this newspaper every reason to endorse him for a second term.

– Post Independent Editorial Board

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