Republican Justin Everett convincingly won the election for state representative from House District 22 against Democrat Mary Parker with 22,698 votes, or 53 percent. Parker, a political newcomer, garnered 18,867 votes in the Republican dominated district.
A South Jeffco native and former president of CoHOPE, Everett launched the campaign season by winning a tough primary against Republican Loren Bauman.
Parker came on strong with an energetic campaign, experience as a small-business owner, volunteer experience and a working mom.
Everett had the benefit of name recognition, small-business experience and a predominance of Republican-registered voters in District 22. He ran on his traditional conservative values and belief in smaller government and self-reliance.
The former incumbent in House District 22, Republican Ken Summers, ran unsuccessfully for a state Senate seat in this election.