Colorado senator Evie Hudak (D Arvada and Westminster) announced her resignation from the state senate today. Grassroots organizers targeted the senator following the successful recall campaigns against two other Colorado legislators, Angela Giron and John Morse.
Recall Hudak Too, the organization looking to oust the senator, needed to collect about 18,900 signatures to trigger another round of recall elections. Recall organizers are confident that they collected the signatures necessary and plan to turn them over to the secretary of state for confirmation even as Hudak leaves office.
“This is a cowardly way out of the recall,” said Joe Neville, Rocky Mountain Gun Owners director, to the Denver Post, which helped organize the recall effort. “We’re still charging toward Tuesday and no matter what we’ll submit the petition signatures.”
At first confident that she would not be recalled, Hudak submitted her letter of resignation today. While there were several factors in the push for her recall, Hudak’s endorsement of house bills 1224 and 1229 were leaders. The bills she signed place capacity limits on magazines and make background checks for all gun transfers mandatory.
Having only won the previous election by less than 400 votes, in an election with over 70,000 ballots, it seemed unlikely that she would win in a recall election. Democrats control the Colorado senate by one seat, and by stepping down Hudak will ensure that her party will appoint her replacement.
“By resigning I am protecting these important new laws for the good of Colorado and ensuring that we can continue looking forward,” explained Hudak.
In her statement Hudak also said that she is stepping down to spare taxpayers the cost of running a special election, which was expected to run about $200,000.
“This decision has been difficult to make,” wrote Hudak in her letter of resignation. “I believe I have listened closely to the ideas and concerns of my constituents in the past five years, both through the over-100 town hall meetings and community coffees I have hosted, and in the thousands of emails and phone calls from engaged citizens in my community. Together we have made great progress finding solutions to the many challenges facing Colorado.”