Story takes Senate District 16 race

Democratic challenger defeats incumbent Republican Tim Neville in Senate District 16 race.

Tammy Story addresses supporters at the 2018 Jeffco Dems Elections Night Celebration. photo by Joseph Rios
Tammy Story addresses supporters at the 2018 Jeffco Dems Elections Night Celebration. photo by Joseph Rios
Joseph Rios

Tammy Story, a mother of two from Conifer, has spent 20 years as a public education advocate, supporting Jeffco Public Schools.

Story, a Democrat, took the Senate District 16 race over incumbent Republican Tim Neville and Libertarian James Gilman. She is set to be a representative in the Colorado State Senate after taking over 55 percent of the vote. District 16 runs through areas of Boulder, Denver, Gilpin and Jefferson counties.

Story received an endorsement from former President Barack Obama, and she helped play a role in the removal of a Jeffco school board member who fought for charter schools and for teachers' pay to be based off performance. She previously said that she is open to a law that would allow police to temporarily seize someone’s firearms if that person is considered a threat.

"I ran my campaign with a simple focus, knocking on the doors of my neighbors and listening to their concerns. I can't wait to begin working on the issues that matter to them -- ensuring that our kids receive a great education, attracting good-paying jobs to our state, and protecting our environment," Story said.

Neville won the Senate District 16 position four years ago when he beat incumbent Democrat Jeanne Nicholson by 2.8 percentage points. He spent the last four years in the state Senate fighting to limit abortions and cut back gun restriction laws.

He took his fight against abortion outside of the state Capitol where he parked a van and offered pregnancy counseling. Neville has long lobbied for gun owners. His son Patrick was a sophomore during the shooting at Columbine High School in 1999.

"We'll never give up our fight for liberty and freedom for Colorado," Neville said in a statement to the Lakewood Sentinel.

The race for Senate District 16 saw a heavy amount of contributions to both candidates. Neville received $139,978.82 in contributions, while Story received $446,737.04, according to the Colorado Secretary of State office. Both of those numbers are current as of Oct. 29.

Registered Democrats outnumber Republicans in Jefferson County, 32 percent to 27 percent, while 40 percent of voters in the region are unaffiliated.

Republican voters outnumbered Democrat voters by 4,000 in Senate District 16 four years ago.

During the June primary, Story earned 18,424 votes, while Neville brought in 12,996 votes.


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