Colorado Initiates New Effort To Recall Sen. Evie Hudak For Her Gun Control Support

| by Khier Casino

Following two winning recall elections in September of Senate President John Morse and Sen. Angela Giron, the state of Colorado is initiating another recall this time for Sen. Evie Hudak, a Democrat from Arvada and Westminister, after a failed attempt six months ago.

The reason for a recall is because Hudak supported gun control during the most recent legislative session.

“The approval of a recall petition will not change my focus on the 2014 legislative session, during which I will advocate for women and seniors, and for the best education we can provide our children – just as I have always done,” Hudak said in a statement Friday night about the re-energized recall effort in opposition to her.

Recall organizers in Senate District 19 were given approval by the secretary of state on Friday to start collecting signatures for the ballot. The “Recall Hudak Too” need 18,962 valid signatures to trigger another recall election this month. They have 60 days to do so.

“She has infringed upon our constitutional right to keep and bear arms. She has voted to make all citizens less safe and to drive hundreds of jobs from Colorado,” a spokesman for the group, Mike McAlpine, wrote in an email regarding the petition.

Hudak’s district of Arvada in northwest metro Denver is separated into Democrats, Republicans and unaffiliated voters, reflecting her colleague Morse’s district. A candidate from a minor party was on the ballot when Hudak won the seat in 2012 by 580 votes.

"It appears a small group is seeking to undo the will of voters, who re-elected me to the Senate last November. Unable to defeat me then, they are now attempting a political power grab using a low-voter-turnout, no-mail-ballot recall election strategy," Hudak said in a statement, regarding a ruling made by the Denver District Court judge on a constitutional issue that invalidated mail ballots in the recall in September.