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It didn’t take long after U.S. Representative Ed Perlmutter announced his decision not to seek election for the newly-configured 7th District, which now includes Chaffee County, that at least one Democrat stepped forward.

Democrat Brittany Pettersen, running to fill the Colorado Congressional 7th District seat that Rep. Ed Perlmutter is leaving. She received his endorsement on Jan. 27.

Democratic State Sen. Brittany Pettersen announced earlier this month that she is running to represent Colorado’s 7th Congressional District, only one day after eight-term Perlmutter said he had decided not to seek re-election.

Yesterday, Perlmutter formally endorsed state Sen. Brittany Pettersen as his successor, calling the Lakewood Democrat “a tough campaigner and a thoughtful public servant who can hit the ground running in Congress.”

Pettersen is not new on the scene. She most recently has been a state Senator representing Lakewood’s District 22, and prior to that, she served in the Colorado House of Representatives, representing the 28th district. Only a few years ago, when Perlmutter briefly flirted with the idea of running for governor, she previously announced that she would seek his seat, but when he quickly reversed that decision, she dropped the idea.

Perlmutter’s endorsement came only hours before Senator Michael Bennet also endorsed Pettersen, a move that is expected to narrow the field of those heading into the Colorado primary season.