Colorado senator facing recall petition resigning

ARVADA — A third Democratic state senator facing possible recall after voting for gun-control measures will resign, allowing Democrats to maintain control of Colorado’s Senate.

Sen. Evie Hudak of Arvada sent the resignation letter Wednesday. Opponents planned to submit signatures next week petitioning Hudak to a recall election. Her resignation means Democrats will appoint a successor and maintain their one-seat advantage.

Two other Democratic senators were ousted from office in September. Sens. John Morse of Colorado Springs and Angela Giron of Pueblo were the first recalled state legislators in Colorado history.

Hudak said in her resignation letter that she was quitting to preserve the gun-control package. A Democratic vacancy committee will appoint a replacement to serve until November of 2014, when an election will be held for a full term in the Jefferson County district. If Hudak were successfully recalled, Republicans would take an 18-17 advantage in the Senate.

“By resigning, I am protecting these important new laws,” Hudak wrote.

The gun-control measures included a 15-round ammunition magazine limit and expanded background checks on private gun transfers. Hudak sponsored another part of the package, a new law to restrict gun ownership by those who have committed domestic violence.

“I believe these bills will make life better for all the people of my district and for all Coloradans,” she wrote.

Hudak formerly served on the state Board of Education.


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