Amy Padden

Democrat for District Attorney


About Amy

Amy is a lawyer with 25 years of experience, who has devoted nearly 15 years of her legal career to public service on behalf of Coloradans. She has served with distinction in the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, where she worked in the Criminal Justice and Consumer Protection Sections; in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, most recently as the third in command for the office under the Obama Administration; and in a District Attorney’s Office as a Supervising Prosecutor for diversion programs. Her experience ranges from cross-examining terrorists in court, to working on pressing issues of criminal justice reform, to managing a large office of prosecutors and staff. Amy’s wealth of experience representing Colorado makes her uniquely qualified to be the next District Attorney of Colorado’s largest Judicial District, the Eighteenth Judicial District.

As your next District Attorney, I will fight to keep our communities safe, stand with victims, and protect our vulnerable populations.
— Amy Padden


For too long, the 18th Judicial District has prioritized winning over justice, leading to overcharging, harming vulnerable populations, and wasting taxpayer money. With her wealth of experience, Amy will bring smart reform to the office that prioritizes public safety, alternatives to incarceration when appropriate, and protecting vulnerable populations that call our community home.

Community Safety

Amy will keep our communities safe by ensuring violent crimes are prosecuted and violent criminals are kept off our streets.

Reduce over-incarceration

Prison is not the only option available when seeking justice for victims and addressing criminal behavior. As a prosecutor with experience in diversion programs, Amy knows that in order to rehabilitate offenders, alternatives to incarceration are sometimes more effective, particularly for those with mental health and substance abuse issues, and can ensure better outcomes for both victims and communities.

Protect vulnerable populations

Judicial District 18, which consists of Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert, and Lincoln counties, is a vibrant and diverse community, and all residents deserve to feel heard, respected, and protected by our courts. Amy will ensure that everyone in our district receives equal protection in her office.