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Story chosen for SD 16

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By Deb Hurley Brobst

Democrat Tammy Story has been chosen by voters to serve in Senate District 16, beating incumbent Republican Tim Neville for the spot.

Story received 55.34 percent of the vote, 35,061 votes, compared with Neville’s 42.09 percent, or 26,668 votes. Libertarian James Gilman garnered 2.57 percent, or 1,629 votes.

Story, a Conifer resident, previously told the Courier that she wants to focus on improving public education, transportation infrastructure and environmental protection.

“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.

“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.