Democratic State Rep. Dafna Michaelson Jenet trounced GOP candidate Susan Kochevar in the race for House District 30.
As of 11:30 p.m., Tuesday — and with 48.3 percent of the counties reporting — Michaelson Jenet had received 55.4 percent of the votes to 44.6 percent for Kochevar.
Michaelson Jenet defeated former state Rep. JoAnn Windholz, by nearly 10 percentage points in the 2016 election. The Democrat netted more than $100,000 and an endorsement from former President Barack Obama in that race.
Michelson Jenet is a a motivational speaker, author, and president of The Journey Institute, a nonprofit organization. She has focused much of her legislative work on bolstering youth services, including those for juvenile criminal offenders and young people considering suicide.
Michaelson Jenet said she is currently working on a bill for the upcoming session that would address both of those issues.
The sweeping northeast district runs from Thornton and Henderson in the northwest, through large chunks of north Aurora — including the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus — to the plains of Watkins, Manila and Bennett. More than 80,000 people call the district home, and some 18 percent of those residents live in poverty, according to the Colorado Legislature’s demographic data.