State Sen. Angela Williams, D-Denver, announced Monday she will not seek a second term in the state Senate in November.
Williams' decision to run on the Democratic ticket for the U.S. Senate race in November made her east Denver seat wide open, and Rep. James Rashad Coleman, D-Denver, jumped into the race for the seat on Nov. 12
Just two weeks later, Williams announced she was dropping out of the U.S. Senate primary. She said at that time she did not have to make a decision about whether to run for a second term in the Colorado Senate until March.
But Monday, Williams said in a statement that "after soul searching, reflection and counseling from my family, I have decided not to seek re-election to the Colorado State Senate. This has been one of the two hardest decisions I have ever had to make, especially with the immense outpouring of support since deciding to suspend my U.S. Senate Campaign.
"I will continue to serve in the 2020 legislative session to continue to work for issues that are important to my constituents and the people of Colorado. I will focus on passing the family medical leave act, work to repeal Colorado’s death penalty, protecting small businesses and other issues that are critical for our region and state."
Notably, however, Williams said she would not endorse a candidate for the seat, pointing to a continued rift between her and Coleman, who is the only other person so far to have filed for the senate race.
Williams indicated she wants to see a woman run for the seat. She said she hopes to see "a vigorous election focused on ideas and debate. We must have a leader that will focus on the critical issues across Senate District 33 and our great state. I would encourage all women who have a passion for service to consider running for elected office. It is crucial for women’s voices to be represented at the Colorado State House."
Out of the 19 Democrats in the Senate Democratic caucus, 11 are women. Williams and Coleman are both members of the Black Democratic Legislative Caucus, which has eight members.
Coleman told Colorado Politics on Monday that he has not yet spoken with Williams and will have a statement once he has done so.
This story will be updated as new information becomes available. It has been updated to correct the identification of Jovan Melton in the caption.