Democrat Lawmaker Abruptly Resigns, Faces Criminal Charges in Colorado

Colorado Democrat state Rep. Tracey Bernett abruptly resigned from office while facing multiple criminal charges, according to reports.

Bernett’s lawyers said the lawmaker has stepped down to focus on fighting her criminal charges.

Bernett was released on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond after she turned herself into the Boulder County Jail on November 17.

She was charged with attempting to influence a public servant, forgery, providing false information about a residence, perjury, and procuring false registration.

The charges come from allegedly lying about her residence for her 2022 election.

“The District Attorney’s Office has concluded a thorough investigation,” Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty said at the time.

“I appreciate the efforts of the investigators assigned to this case, including using proper investigative tools such as the judicially authorized search warrants.

“Based on the facts and the law, we will now move forward with a criminal prosecution.

“As in every case, our goal is to seek the right outcome — without fear or favor.”

“I am proud of what I have accomplished in my time in office and want to thank all the people who have supported and worked with me in moving Colorado forward,” Bernett said in a statement.

So far seven candidates have filed paperwork to fill her seat:

  • Former U.S. Rep. David Skaggs, who served in the Colorado House from 1981 to 1987, including as House Minority Leader from 1983 to 1985. He then was elected to the 2nd Congressional District, where he served six terms, stepping down in 1999.
  • Catherine “Kitty” Sargent of Superior, who serves on the Boulder Valley School District and was most recently reelected in 2021.
  • Kyle Brown, a member of the Louisville City Council.
  • Alfredo Alvarado of Lafayette.
  • Peter Terhune of Lafayette.
  • Emily Coffee of Lafayette, a vocalist with the local band The Brown Coffees.
  • Jennifer Kaaoush, a co-director of Superior Rising, a non-profit formed to support residents in their recovery from the Marshall Fire. She is also a member of the Town of Superior Board of Trustees.

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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