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Brittany Pettersen, D-Lakewood's 28th district, announced she is running for state senate.
"I am stepping up to run for the state senate for the same reason I first ran five years ago," she said in a media statement. "To ensure other Coloradans have the same opportunities I did to make a better life."
Pettersen is running for Senate District 22 in 2018, where Democrat incumbent Andy Kerr is term limited.
The announcement follows both Pettersen and Kerr's decision to drop out of the race for Colorado's 7th Congressional District after Congressman Ed Perlmutter decided to run for re-election.
"While I'm disappointed I will not have the opportunity to serve our community in Congress, I know that the people of the 7th district will continue to be well represented by Ed Perlmutter,” Pettersen said at the time. “I am so proud and humbled by the support of the people across Colorado who believed in me and stepped up to contribute, volunteer and support my campaign.”
A Colorado native, Pettersen has lived in Lakewood for 12 years. She was the first in her family to graduate from high school and college.
On the legislative side, Pettersen is the youngest woman in the Colorado State House, and serves as the House Education Committee Chair.
I understand the challenges families face in this district because I have been through it myself," she said in her statement. "I am proud of my public service for the last five years and look forward to continuing to serve this great state."
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