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Cutter wins in House District 25 race

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By Deb Hurley Brobst

Democrat Lisa Cutter has won the House District 25 race over Republican Steve Szutenbach.

Cutter took 52.51 percent of the vote, or 20,016 votes, compared with 47.49 percent for Szutenbach, or 18,100 votes. 

House District 25 encompasses the vast majority of Jefferson County, including unincorporated Southwest Jeffco, Evergreen and Conifer.

Cutter, a longtime Jefferson County resident and 25-year public relations veteran, told the Courier she has a desire to serve the community in a way that extends beyond volunteer work, which drove her decision to run for public office.

Szutenbach was chosen to replace Tim Leonard on the ballot by a Republican committee after Leonard withdrew from the race. He has lived in Evergreen since 1997.

“I’ve been thinking about it for a while,” Cutter previously told the Courier about running for the seat. "I’ve been what my husband calls a serial volunteer all my life and always sought out leadership opportunities in the community — there are lots of causes and issues that are important to me. I started to think the best way I could help and drive the change I wanted to see in the world was by running for office.”

Cutter, who helped organize the Women’s March on Denver earlier this year, said that while she wants to focus on key issues such as education and improving the local economy, she also wants to target concerns specific to the district.

A Colorado native and 1992 Metro State University of Denver graduate, Cutter is married with three adult children and is the owner of Cutter Communications. Over the last 15 years, she’s served on several boards, including that of the Women’s Bean Project and the Public Relations Society of America’s Colorado chapter.