According to sources, Colorado Democratic state representative Tracey Bernett unexpectedly resigned from office while facing various criminal allegations.
According to Bernett’s attorneys, she has resigned to focus on defending herself against her criminal allegations.
Bernett was freed on a $10,000 personal recognizance bail on November 17 after surrendering to the Boulder County Jail.
She was charged with attempting to sway a public official, forgery, supplying false information about a residence, perjury, and obtaining a fake registration.
The allegations stem from allegations that she lied about her residency 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.
So far 7 candidates are seeking to fill the seat of former state Rep. Tracey Bernett, who resigned from her position the day before the 2023 legislative session opened in Colorado, report @NewslineCO and @statesnewsroom.https://t.co/avQ2wFIDcC
— Sean Scully (@EditorSean) January 21, 2023
Seven candidates have now filed for the House District 12 vacancy following the resignation of Rep. Tracey Bernett, D-Louisville. (via @MGoodland) https://t.co/SGtxKGWXZe
— Colorado Politics (@colo_politics) January 19, 2023