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DA Brett Barkey running for Colorado state treasurer

Brett Barkey

Editor’s note: This story was updated at 5:05 p.m.

District Attorney Brett Barkey wants to extend his career of public service by heading up the state treasurer's office.

Barkey, the prosecutor for Routt, Grand, and Moffat counties, announced he plans to run for the treasurer’s position Friday morning in a news release.

He previously worked in the U.S. Department of Treasury, where he served as counsel and an as assistant director of enforcement for the Office of Foreign Asset Control.

"The foremost duty of the state treasurer is, of course, safeguarding the state's funds," Barkey said in a news release announcing his run. "But I would also want to focus on three things: making the office a "center of service" to county, special district and municipal treasurers around the state; emphasizing the office's role as the ‘go-to’ expert in financial management for the governor and state legislature; and ensuring the prompt return of unclaimed properties to their rightful owners."

Barkey, the district attorney for the 14th Judicial District since 2012, becomes the second elected official from Routt County to join the race for state treasurer.

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Current Routt County Treasurer Brita Horn is also seeking the office, meaning Barkey and Horn will face each other in a Republican primary.

Barkey lives in Hayden.

His previous public service includes three tours of duty in Iraq as a U.S. Marine.

Barkey said Friday he plans to continue working as district attorney during the campaign.

“If I am chosen as the party’s nominee for state treasurer, I will make the necessary decisions at that time,” he said in an email.

Barkey and Horn are part of a crowded Republican field vying for the treasurer’s position.

The three other candidates are all state lawmakers. They include Rep. Polly Lawrence, Rep. Justin Everett and Sen. Kevin Lundberg.

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