Gerou wins third term in House District 25

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Incumbent defeats Democratic challenger Idol

By Sandy Barnes

Republican Cheri Gerou will continue representing House District 25, after capturing 55 percent of the vote in the race against Democratic challenger Lorna Idol.

According to unofficial results, Idol received 40 percent of the vote, and Libertarian Jack Woehr garnered 5 percent.

Nearly 42,000 people voted in the district, which has approximately 62,000 registered voters.

“I’m impressed with the turnout in the district,” said Gerou, who was watching results of other state House races Tuesday night.

While seeking a third term of office, Gerou campaigned on a record of fiscal responsibility in her role as chair of the Joint Budget Committee.

Evergreen resident Gerou has served the west Jeffco district since 2008, replacing Rep. Rob Witwer, who decided not to seek re-election. In 2011 Gerou served as vice chair of the Joint Budget Committee and chair of the Appropriations Committee.

During the campaign, Gerou said she had worked to balance the state budget and provide adequate funding for education by cutting spending in other areas.

Gerou is an architect who has lived in the district for 20 years.

Idol, who has an extensive background in education, spoke in favor of additional funding for education through alternative revenue sources. She also opposed opting out of Medicaid expansion.

HD 25 includes Evergreen, Conifer, Genesee, Lookout Mountain, Coal Creek Canyon and also a section of Littleton since state reapportionment last year.

Vote totals in HD 25:

Cheri Gerou: 23,098

Lorna Idol: 16,880

Jack Woehr: 2,003