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Colorado attorney general candidate debate

Incumbent Democratic Attorney General Phil Weiser and Republican challenger John Kellner spoke at a candidate forum in Aurora on Tuesday.

DENVER — The Republican and Democratic candidates for Colorado attorney general spoke at a candidate forum in Aurora on Tuesday.

Incumbent Democratic Attorney General Phil Weiser appeared alongside Republican candidate and 18th Judicial District Attorney John Kellner at Community College of Aurora.

The event was moderated by 9NEWS Legal Analyst Whitney Traylor and Salud Family Health Centers Director of Community Partnerships Maisha Fields and hosted by Dominic Dezzutti.

9NEWS is a sponsor of the candidate forum. Watch a replay of the event in the video player above. 

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Weiser and Kellner both ran unopposed in their respective primaries.

Weiser was elected to his first four-year term as attorney general in 2018, defeating Republican George Brauchler and Libertarian William Robinson III. Incumbent Republican Attorney General Cynthia Coffman did not run for re-election after her first term ended.

Kellner was sworn in as the district attorney of the 18th Judicial District, which includes Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln counties, in January 2021. He defeated Democrat Amy Padden in the race to replace a term-limited Brauchler. 

Robinson is also running in the 2022 election as a Libertarian, as well as Independent Stanley Throne, who is a write-in candidate.

In Colorado, the attorney general is allowed to serve up to two consecutive four-year terms.

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