Salazar Stepping Down

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Democratic Attorney General Ken Salazar says he'll resign on January fourth.

That's after he'll be sworn in as a U.S. Senator.

Salazar says he's working with Governor Owens and Democrats who control the state Senate to avoid a protracted battle over a successor.

That person will serve the last two years of his term.

Owens, a Republican, will appoint the successor, but the state Senate can confirm or reject the nomination.

Owens' spokesman, Dan Hopkins, says the governor also would like to avoid a fight.

Hopkins says Owens will consider Salazar's list of 30 acceptable successors, but isn't limited to the list and hasn't made any decisions.

Senate President-elect Joan Fitz-Gerald says Owens promised to consult with Senate Democrats but hasn't been in touch for two weeks.