Phil Weiser, Democratic candidate for Colorado Attorney General, announced that he is committed to seeking his party’s nomination both through the caucus-and-assembly process and through a statewide petition plan. Phil issued the following statement statement explaining his decision to take this “all-of-the-above” approach.

“From the very start of this campaign, I have involved and engaged as many Coloradans as possible. Many leaders in our party and citizens have emphasized to me that, for Democrats to be successful in 2018, we need to build as much support as possible.  To do just that, I am choosing an all-of-the-above approach to getting on the ballot, enabling more people to be a part of my campaign.

As a participant in our caucus and County and State Assembly process in past campaigns, I am looking forward to engaging our party’s leaders in that process as a candidate in this race.  The caucus process provides citizens with an opportunity to hear from each and every candidate.  I look forward to meeting with and learning from them and to working my hardest to earn their support.

To broaden our outreach, we will also conduct a statewide, volunteer-driven petition campaign to help get our message out statewide. With more than 600 volunteers, we are in a position to use this process to talk to voters in every part of the state, share my vision for the Attorney General’s office, and expand our team.  Building such support will enable us to prevail in November, when we will need to build on and expand our volunteer network around the State.”


Phil Weiser is the Hatfield Professor of Law,  Dean Emeritus, and the Founder and Executive Director of the Silicon Flatirons Center for Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado Law School. He served in the Obama Administration as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice and as Senior Advisor for Technology and Innovation at the White House’s National Economic Council. Phil lives with his wife and two children in Denver.