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DENVER: Brittany Pettersen, A State Senator, Is Elected To The Us Congress


DENVER, CO (KDVR) — According to the Associated Press, state Sen. Brittany Pettersen is on her way to Washington after being elected to Colorado’s 7th Congressional District.
Pettersen’s victory keeps a long-held Democratic stronghold blue, even as it moves into new territory.

The new representative is the district’s first change in leadership in years. Ed Perlmutter, a Democrat, has held the seat since 2007 but did not run for re-election.

This time marks the first time a newly redrawn district has had a leader.

Last year’s redistricting resulted in significant changes to the boundaries of the 7th Congressional District. It used to include the northern and western suburbs of Denver, the northern half of Jefferson County, and the western half of Adams County. The district now extends further west, encompassing Jefferson, Broomfield, Park, Lake, Teller, Chaffee, Fremont, and Custer counties.

Pettersen currently represents state Senate District 22 as a Democrat. She previously represented state House District 28 from 2013 to 2019.

Pettersen defeated Erik Aadland, a Republican, political newcomer, combat veteran, and energy industry worker. Aadland faced backlash after a video of him questioning the outcome of the 2020 presidential election surfaced.

Libertarian Ross Klopf, Unity candidate Critter Milton, and write-in candidate JP Lujan were among the third-party candidates.

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