Colorado Grant County District Attorney (DA) Brett Barkey spoke with various community members Wednesday afternoon about his campaign for state treasurer.

Brett Barkey, district attorney for Colorado's 14th Judicial District, serving Grand, Routt and Moffat counties, spoke with various community members Wednesday afternoon about his campaign for state treasurer.

Coming from, as Barkey avows, “a family of farmers and preachers who have been feeding and praying with Colorado for years,” the fourth-generation Coloradan believes that he has the qualifications needed to take Colorado where it needs to be financially. Being a part of the Marines, a member of the executive senior trial counsel, and a district attorney, Barkey is, in the words Jim Bullock, “uniquely qualified with a skillset I don’t see in anyone else.”

On Sept. 12, 2001, immediately following the catastrophic attack of 9/11, Barkey was called in to brief the National Security Council on what the U.S Treasury Department's response could be to the 9/11 attacks. As a member of the Senior Trial Counsel in the General Counsel’s Office, it was up to Barkey to develop and propose comprehensive economic sanctions that were ultimately issued in Executive Order 13224 by President Bush. “The twelfth and the month after were chaotic,” stated Barkey. “I was picked because I was stable.”

Feeling as though he could do more to serve the country, Barkey went back into the Marines in November of 2001. Barkey proceeded to go on three separate tours to Iraq. During one of these tours, a rocket-propelled grenade hit the truck Barkey was in, but, miraculously, did not explode. Surviving this led Barkey to believe that his life had been preserved for a reason and that his professionalism and experience would be well-suited for the DA position.

Now, Barkey is ready to take the next step in his career and has chosen to face the issues surrounding the finances of Colorado head-on. As state treasurer, Barkey hopes to preserve both the retirement system and PERA so that individuals in Colorado will be able to retire when they need to. “You either have to pay more, pay out, or delay retirement,” Barkey claimed. In addition to retirement, Barkey is also looking at the tax structure of Colorado as a whole. He believes that three amendments (the Gallagher Amendment, the TABOR Amendment, and Amendment 23) are working counter-productively and putting a lot of stress on Colorado’s tax structure. Barkey believes that there are several ways to approach these issues and he is looking at all of them.

Barkey understands that accepting the responsibilities of Colorado Treasurer would not be a risk-free venture, but that it would be one that he is knowledgeable about. “We need to think about where we want our state to be in the future,” Barkey stated. “Where does La Junta want to be? We need to start planning and investing now.”