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Arvada councilwoman becomes Colorado state senator

By: The Associated Press
December 13, 2013 Updated: December 13, 2013 at 1:12 pm
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photo - Former Arvada City Councilwoman Rachel Zenzinger filled a state Senate seat vacated by former Sen. Evie Hudak. (Denver Post file)
Former Arvada City Councilwoman Rachel Zenzinger filled a state Senate seat vacated by former Sen. Evie Hudak. (Denver Post file) 

DENVER — A former Arvada city councilwoman has been sworn in to replace a Colorado state Democratic senator who resigned to avoid a potential recall election driven by gun rights advocates.

Rachel Zenzinger, also a Democrat, took the oath of office Friday in the state Senate chambers. With her appointment, Democrats maintain a one-seat majority in the Senate.

Zenzinger replaces Sen. Evie Hudak, who resigned last month just days before gun-control opponents planned to turn in signatures to force a recall election. Two other state Senate Democrats were recalled from office in September because of their support for new gun restrictions earlier this year.

A Hudak recall election would have risked losing the chamber to Republican control.

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