Just after 5 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 7 Democrat Brianna Titone took the lead in the race for the House District 27 seat. Titone narrowly now leads Republican Vicki Pyne 50.20 to 49.80 percent. An exact flip-flop from the 3 p.m. result update. This is the first time since the initial results released by the Colorado Secretary of State just after polls closed that Titone is leading.The seat is currently held by Lang Sias, who was tapped as governor hopeful Walker Stapleton’s running mate. (Stapleton conceded to Democrat Jared Polis.) Sias, a Republican, has served in HD 27 for four years. The seat has been held by a Republican since Libby Szabo beat Sara Gagliardi in 2010.
"It's been a strong Republican seat," Pyne said. "But we have lot of new houses up near Leyden Rock and Candelas and some untested waters for the election. A lot of unaffiliated voters also makes a difference."
Pyne said she heard from several constituents that they were going to "vote Blue" to give a message to President Donlad Trump.
Pyne, an Arvada resident, mom and small business owner, has served on several community boards including the Board of Directors for Apex Parks and Recreation District, where she serves as vice president.The two issues she said demand the most attention in the upcoming legislative session are the rising costs of healthcare and education.She said her passion for the community is what prompted her to run.
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Titone, a geologist and software developer, has made the news this election season as the second openly transgender person to run for a state office in Colorado. The first was Arvada resident Joanne Conte, in the 1990s.
"We’ve made a lot of progression in the district to opening up people's minds to something different," Titone said. "And I think people are ready for change."
Transportation and long-term water solutions as well as TABOR reform were among the top issues during her campaign.
As of the evening of Thursday, Nov. 8, Titone lead with 194 votes — 182 more than she led with in the morning. Still, the race too close to call.
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Editor's note: This is a developing story and will be updated throughout the night.
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