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Colorado Democrats have picked a replacement to fill the House seat left vacant by former Rep. Rochelle Galindo, D-Greeley.

The Greeley Tribune reports a committee selected Mary Young over five other candidates after an interview process Sunday.

Young is a school psychologist married to Dave Young, the state treasurer, the Tribune noted. 

Galindo resigned abruptly last month citing unspecified allegations. Galindo was investigated by police for a sexual assault allegation, which she was never charged for, and later cited for providing a minor alcohol, 9 News reported.

At the time of resigning, Galindo was facing a mounting recall effort for her support of new oil and gas regulations.

Greeley is located in Weld County, the largest energy producer in the state.

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,” according to the Tribune.

The Tribune also reported Young hopes to target the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, which requires voter approval of all tax increases, and the Gallagher Amendment.

“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. “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.”

Regional Editor

Derek Draplin is a regional editor at The Center Square. He previously worked as an opinion producer at Forbes, and as a reporter at Michigan Capitol Confidential and The Detroit News. He’s also an editor at The Daily Caller.