Sharon Malloy: Mike Foote’s Record Protecting Boulder County Makes Him Right for D.A.

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This June, Boulder County voters will have a simple question to answer: which candidate for District Attorney has done more to protect Boulder County? Thankfully, the answer to that question is easy.

Mike Foote has spent the last 14-years fighting to protect this community as a Deputy District Attorney in the Boulder D.A.’s office. He’s taken on the tough cases, including juvenile justice cases, domestic violence, and complex economic crime. In each of those cases, Mike was asked to protect some of Boulder County’s most vulnerable citizens.

For the last six years, he has continued his work protecting Boulder County in the legislature. As the representative for Eastern Boulder County in the State House, Mike has spent every single day fighting to keep us safe. In particular, I’ve been so impressed with the work he’s done to fight fracking. He has become enemy No. 1 of the oil and gas industry at the Capitol because of the bills he’s authored and the battles he’s fought to protect our county and our state from the dangers of drilling.

Beyond just fracking, Mike has been an advocate for progressive criminal justice reform. As District Attorney, he’ll fight for increased funding for human services so that drug offenders and the mentally ill can get the treatment they need instead of unnecessary jail time.  He’ll enact progressive bail reform measures, and he’ll never use the death penalty.

Mike Foote is a community leader whose record proves he’ll protect Boulder County. It’s no wonder he’s been endorsed by over 70 community leaders and elected officials including every Boulder County legislator and all three commissioners. I’m proud to support him and I hope you will too.

Sharon Malloy
Longmont, Colorado


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  1. Mike has been a consistent surprise to many of us that are used to seeing weak or invisible representation elsewhere in State government. He and his staff have intelligently and actively engaged a number of issues that are important to Longmont and the State. His handiwork is written all over a number of legislative and leadership efforts in his Representative role. I wish we could have more of him in the Legislature, and even better, others like him to bring thoughtful, effective community involvement to the State Capital building.

    However, his desire to lead as the County’s DA is a fortunate choice for us as well. While we are lucky enough to have two exceptional people in Foote and Dougherty running for the office, I support Mike because he has an astonishing record of getting things done in the legislature in ways that actually make sense. I know he will bring the same record to the DA office.

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