21 May 2009

Pat Steadman Senator-Elect In SD 31

The vacancy committee in State Senate District 31 chose Pat Steadman, a lobbyist for liberal causes and openly gay man, to finish out the term of Jennifer Veiga on the 13th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling invalidating anti-gay Colorado Amendment 2, a decision that inspired Steadman to enter politics and upon which he worked. He will need to run in 2010 for the remaining two years of Jennifer Veiga's term, and then in 2012 for the next full four years of the term.

Steadman's supporters were out in force and visible at the meeting, followed by supporters of Jill Conrad, who secured just ten seats in the first round and withdrew, endorsing her Denver Public Schools colleague Alex Sanchez. Ann Ragsdale, went all three rounds was the elder statewoman of the race, mostly with support from Adams County delegates (in this majority Adams County district).

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