Effort to recall Colorado state Sen. Brittany Pettersen fails

A petition calling for her to be recalled needed over 18,000 signatures

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An effort to recall Colorado state Sen. Brittany Pettersen, D-Lakewood, has failed.

Lakewood native and Republican Nancy Pallozzi propelled a petition to recall Pettersen over the summer, saying she advocates for taxpayer-funded heroin injection sites. The petition read that Pettersen should be recalled for bills she's voted yes on in the past, including votes on an updated sex education curriculum, a bill that increases regulation on the oil and gas industry in Colorado and the red flag law - a law that gives Colorado judges the right to temporarily remove firearms from citizens considered to be at risk of harming themselves or others.

The petition needed over 18,000 signatures from registered voters in District 22 by 5 p.m. yesterday. Senate District 22 includes a strip of land running from C-470 and Ken Caryl in the south, through Lakewood and north to Edgewater.

Pettersen was elected to her position last November when she defeated Republican Tony Sanchez by about a 17% margin. Pallozzi ran against Pettersen for a seat on the Colorado House of Representatives in 2016, but lost by nearly a 20% margin.

This story will be updated.

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