Adams County District Attorney Dave Young juggles a soccer ball on his head, which is a major hobby of his, since childhood. Every year, Young and his soccer buddies play in an over 50 soccer tournament in Las Vegas. He played soccer while he was in college at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, and it wasn’t until his final year in college that he decided to go into law. Young, a Democrat, was elected the top prosecutor in the 17th Judicial District, which includes Broomfield County as well as Adams County, in 2012. He was re-elected in 2016. Before being elected Young served as a prosecutor in El Paso County as well as Adams County. He has prosecuted several high-profile Aurora cases, including the murder trial of a man who gunned down an Aurora police detective in 2006.
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