In a race with a wider margin than most, incumbent Democrat
Angie Paccione defeated Republican candidate Ed Haynes, holding her
seat in District 53 of the Colorado state House of
“This is outrageous. I can’t believe this,” Paccione said in a
speech at the Democratic Party headquarters in Larimer County. “We
turned it out. It is so exciting.”
Paccione, a Fort Collins resident who received her Ph.D. from
CSU in education and human resource studies in 1998, won 58.63
percent of the votes, while Haynes only managed 41.37 percent,
according to the final unofficial reports at www.larimer.org.
“Those numbers are pretty hard to ignore. It is a hard district
for a Republican,” Haynes said after conceding. “To Angie, my
Outside of winning, Paccione was also happy to hear about the
voter turnout in Larimer County.
“I think the most outstanding thing is that 91 percent (by final
counts 93.94 percent) of the vote in Larimer County turned out.
That’s exciting,” she said.
Josh Metten, vice president of the CSU Democrats, believes
Paccione is the best representative for college students.
“She’s a charismatic individual. She’s shown that she really
cares about students,” Metten said. “She’s shown that the voice of
students is really important to her.”
Paccione resides in Fort Collins and said she is eager to
continue representing the town and CSU students.
“I’m willing to lead and continue to lead Fort Collins down at
the capitol,” Paccione said.
*Collegian reporters Brian Park and Lila Hickey contributed to