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Committee replaces former Rep. Rochelle Galindo

Mary Young, a school psychologist in Greeley was selected by the vacancy committee

GREELEY, Colo. — Weld County Democrats on Sunday selected a replacement for former Rep. Rochelle Galindo (D-Greeley), who abruptly resigned her House District 50 seat in May following accusations of sexual misconduct.

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A committee voted 6-3 for Mary Young, a school psychologist in Greeley.

She also worked on her husband's campaign who is now state treasurer Dave Young.

Dave Young was on the vacancy committee but recused himself from the vote today. 

Mary Young said between her work and what she recently saw after the Stem School shooting, she has her focus. 

"I was watching the memorial and there were several Colorado politician talking about gun control," she said. "And the students started chanting mental health and walked out. That resonated with me because I've seen we have a deficit of mental health spending during my entire career in Colorado."

Mary Young plans to piggyback on what lawmakers did this session, passing eight mental health-centric bills that focus on everything from school resources to insurance coverage for treatment.

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