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Story joins state Senate race in District 16

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By Sal Christ

Tammy Story, the Conifer woman who last year challenged State Rep. Tim Leonard for the House District 25 seat, is running for state Senate.

Story, whose campaign officially kicks off June 27, said Sunday that while she considered running again for Leonard’s seat in 2018 she felt she could better serve the public at a district level.

“While I was certainly pondering both offices in House District 25 and Senate District 16, I looked at the Senate District seat and thought, ‘I want to be a part of moving Colorado forward and making progress in Colorado,’” she said. “I think people are tired of those individuals that just say ‘no’ to everything — even when there’s bipartisan support.”

Senate District 16, which includes Littleton, Evergreen and Conifer, and spans four counties, is currently represented by Senator Tim Neville, a Republican, whose term expires next year.

Story, a Democrat, said she wants to focus on improving public education, transportation infrastructure and environmental protections issues.

“I think our kids deserve the greatest education we can give them,” she said. “I think there are multiple things that need adjustment in Colorado — one of those things is the teacher shortage. … I also think we need to provide opportunities and resources for students to be successful after graduation — whether they enter the workplace or go to college. The third thing that I would say is an issue is education funding, which is drastically lacking in Colorado.”

Additionally, Story said she thinks the state needs to invest more in transportation infrastructure and should do what it can to remain a national leader in renewable energy.

A number of local politicians have already endorsed Story's campaign for Senate, including U.S. Representatives Ed Perlmutter and Jared Polis — both of whom are running for Colorado governor. 

Both Perlmutter and Polis praised Story's commitment to public education in their endorsement statements, calling her a community leader who will create opportunities that will benefit Coloradans. Perlmutter's office said in an email that he has known Story for a long time and cited a joint commitment to public education and neighborhood schools as one of his reasons for endorsing her.

Story is the third person to enter the SD 16 race, which includes Neville and Tina Chase, a Democrat from Golden.