State Rep. Sue Schafer, D-Wheat Ridge, won the election Tuesday night for state House District 24, against Republican E.V. Leyendecker and Libertarian Christian Althen.
She thanked her volunteers for all their support in the campaign over the past several months.
“We earned it, we didn’t just win it,” Schafer said. “No one just hands it to you.”
Schafer has held the seat since 2008.
She taught in Denver Public Schools, counseled high school and community college students and served as the curriculum director and accreditation manager at the Colorado Department of Education for 20 years. She said her experience in education has made the issues of affordable higher education and K-12 funding a major priority for her.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do,” Schafer said.
As soon as the next legislative session begins Schafer plans to address issues of keeping college tuition affordable, increasing funding for K-12, maintaining funding for Medicaid, protecting the Affordable Care Act, make reporting of elder abuse mandatory and increase incentives for businesses to come to Colorado.
Schafer said her initial reaction to the numbers was shock, because she wasn’t sure how the unaffiliated voters would go.
Schafer is the mother of two married daughters, and has two grandchildren. She volunteers and advocates for the West Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise Wheat Ridge, the League of Women Voters, Human Rights Campaign and the Wheat Ridge Congregational Church. In 2012, Schafer was honored by the Economic Development Council as Colorado Legislator of the Year.
E.V. Leyendecker 12,658
Sue Schafer 19,692
Christian Althen 1,438