Democrats in Greeley-area House District 50 have selected a replacement for former state Rep. Rochelle Galindo.
She is Mary Young, a school psychologist, who was selected by a District 50 vacancy committee from among six candidates after an interview session Sunday at Lincoln Park Library in Greely, the Greeley Tribune reports.
Young is the wife of Colorado State Treasurer Dave Young, who is a member of the vacancy panel but recused himself from the vote to select his wife.
“We offer our warmest congratulations to Mary Young for being chosen by her community to represent them in the Colorado General Assembly," the Colorado Democratic Party said in a statement late Sunday.
"Her background as a school psychologist and an educator will serve as a great asset to her as she represents the people of House District 50 at the State Capitol. The State House will benefit greatly from her perspective and experiences in education as they consider policies that will make life better for all Coloradans.”
Mary Young has focused on mental health and school safety and said she would reach out to the leader of the Legislature's school safety committee.
On May 12, Galindo abruptly announced she was resigning her seat in the Colorado House of Representatives, adding in a statement that "the allegations against me are false," without saying what the allegations were.
Police later confirmed that an investigation of the ex-lawmaker was underway.
In a news release on May 23, police said that "citations have been issued" in connection with a case involving "unlawful acts."
Documents related to the case obtained by 9News indicate that the citations were issued for allegedly serving alcohol to a person under age 21 last year.
At the time, the Tribune reported that, following an investigation into allegations of sexual assault, "police did not find evidence to bring charges of sexual assault and closed the case at the request of the reporting party."
Galindo, a former member of the Greeley City Council serving her first term in the legislature, was facing the threat of a recall before she announced her resignation.
She won election in November by a 6.7 percentage point margin to the House District 50 seat, which includes parts of Greeley, Evans and Garden City in Weld County.
Galindo came under fire early in part for her support of Senate Bill 181, legislation to overhaul how the state regulates the oil and gas industry that has since been signed into law. The district lies in one of Colorado's most productive oil and gas areas.
If her opponents had turned in enough signatures to force a recall election, voters would have decided whether to remove Galindo from office and picked her replacement from among candidates who petitioned onto the ballot, potentially including Democrats, Republicans and unaffiliated candidates.
Her resignation ahead of a possible recall election meant that the Democratic vacancy committee was able to name another Democrat as her replacement.
Sunday, Mary Young "said she believes the oil and gas industry will continue to be viable in the area, adding she didn’t see in Senate Bill 181 any restrictions that were going to have a negative impact on the industry," the Tribune reported.