Northglenn Mayor Pro-Tem Jenny Willford clinched the Democratic nomination for state representative in Colorado's District 34.
“(I’m) really excited and humbled,” she said in an interview.
She beat out former Thornton City Councilor Sam Nizam by 864 votes, according to Adams County unofficial election results. She earned 3,027 votes to Nizam's 2,163.
She will face Republican Kevin Allen in the November election.
Willford, a resident of Northglenn, was elected to Northglenn City Council in 2017. In 2019, the council agreed to make her the mayor pro tem.
Touching on her experience as a city councilor and walking door to door during the campaign, she thinks her constituents want a legislator who will listen to their concerns.
“I think that voters want to know that the person that's representing them has their values, their lived experiences, their concerns, at the forefront of their mind as they're doing the work to represent this area,” she said.
Some of those concerns she heard while campaigning were the cost of living, inflation, housing, climate, air quality, education and the recent Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Those needs translate into Willford’s priorities and she listed her top ones: the rising cost of living, supporting teachers and students and improving her district's air quality.
Her current term expires in November 2025. If she wins in November, she will resign her seat and the council will appoint a new person to fill the position. She noted the process is laid out in the city charter.
“It's not a situation where we get to just decide that we're going to call an election,” she said.
Willford is ready to get to work.
“I'm really proud of the campaign that my team ran and I'm really looking forward to continuing this work, hearing from the community and working with them to come up with solutions together,” she said.
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