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Wills makes his case for DA’s position

H. Lawson Wills announced his candidacy for the office of District Attorney of the 9th Judicial District Monday.

Current District Attorney Mac Myers, who has served two four-year terms, cannot run in the Nov. 2 election due to term limits.

Wills, a Republican, is the assistant district attorney for the 9th Judicial District, and has served as a prosecutor since 1992.



He points to the increase in violent crime since 1998, including seven homicides and 22 felony sexual assaults, as a challenge now common in the district.

“This district must have an experienced prosecutor as district attorney,” Wills said.



Wills represented the district in the first-degree murder trial of Andrew Kachik in 2002, and the sexual assault prosecution of Marcos Garcia-Flores in 2001.

“Both of these individuals are now serving life sentences in the Department of Corrections,” Wills said.

Wills does not rule out asking for the death penalty for murder if the case calls for it.

“I enforce laws as they are written,” he said.

Wills graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1980, and earned his law degree from the University of Colorado in 1990. He began his career as a prosecutor in the 4th Judicial District of El Paso County in 1991, then transferred to the 9th Judicial District under then District Attorney Milt Blakey in 1992.

As assistant district attorney, Will is second in command under Mac Myers.

“I’m a career prosecutor. That’s what I do,” Wills said. “I feel good doing it and enjoy it. I like trial work. It’s my chosen profession.”

With current District Attorney Mac Myers not running, Will said he is as close to an incumbent as can be.

“The things you see in the district attorney’s office are a lot of the things I believe in,” he said.

The next district attorney should bring experience and toughness to the job, he said.

“I think I represent those two positions,” he said.

Wills has been thinking about running for district attorney for two years. “So I’ve been preparing myself and learning the administrative tasks,” he said.

Wills said his office will work closely with local law enforcement agencies and the public.

“Every phone call will be returned,” he said.

No Democrat has announced plans to run for the seat.

The 9th Judicial District covers Garfield, Pitkin and Rio Blanco counties. The district operates out of three offices, with nearly 30 employees and an annual budget of approximately $3 million, Wills said.

Wills is married to the former Sheila Kennedy, and has two children: Elizabeth Lee, a college student; and Matthew, a second-grade student.

“I’m actively involved in skiing, hiking, biking and family,” Wills said.

Contact Lynn Burton: 945-8515, ext. 534

lburton@postindependent.com


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