Brianna Titone’s opponent conceded after the transgender candidate’s lead rose to 368 votes Saturday night in the race for state House District 27.
The Arvada Democrat becomes the first known transgender person to be elected to the Colorado Legislature.
Titone was leading Republican Vicki Pyne by 24,833 votes to 24,465, a spread of 0.74 percentage points, the Secretary of State’s Office reported.
The margin appears to put the race outside the range that would trigger a recount: 0.5 percent of the leading candidate’s total, or 124 votes as of Saturday.
District 27, in north Jefferson County and Arvada, now is held by Republican Lang Sias, who bowed out of a re-election bid to join the Walker Stapleton ticket as lieutenant governor candidate.
Pyne narrowly led in election-night partial vote totals, but the counting has continued since, and Titone was leading by nine votes Wednesday night, then by 12 votes Thursday.
Titone declared victory, but Pyne didn’t concede till Saturday night.
The concession happened in dramatic fashion. Titone was being interviewed Saturday by Evan Kruegel of Denver’s KDVR-Fox31 TV when she received a call from Pyne.
“This is what I am waiting for,” Titone said as she ended the call.
“Pretty cool moment tonight,” Kruegel tweeted. “In the middle of my interview with @BriannaForHD27, she received the call from her competitor, conceding one of Colorado’s closest races. Titone is now Colorado’s first ever transgender legislator.”
“I was anticipating the call for a while, and it just so happened she called during the interview,” Titone said in her tweet. “Some would say bad timing; some would say it was good timing.”
In the interview, Titone credited Pyne with not making an issue of her gender identity, though some people said “mean things” while she campaigned door to door.
The win further pads Democrats’ lead in the state House, which the party controlled before the 2018 election, and it adds a woman to the Democratic caucus.
Titone moved to Colorado 10 years ago and has worked as a mining consultant, a substitute teacher at a Catholic Jesuit school and as a web application developer. She grew up in New York’s Hudson Valley.
She has a bachelor’s degree in physics and geology from the State University of New York at New Paltz and, starting in high school, was a volunteer firefighter. She received a master’s degree in geochemistry from Stony Brook University and worked as an environmental consultant.
Since coming to Colorado, Titone has volunteered at the Denver Botanic Gardens and is a member of NecroSearch International, a nonprofit that provides collective scientific knowledge to help law enforcement solve cases. Titone was an alternate state caucus delegate for Bernie Sanders’ run for president in 2016. She has been secretary/treasurer of the Jefferson County LGBTQ+ Caucus and captain at-large for the Jefferson County Democratic Party.