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Rep. Rochelle Galindo resigns seat, denies 'allegations'

House leadership said the Democratic state representative was accused of sexual misconduct

GREELEY, Colo. — A Democratic state representative who was facing a recall has resigned her seat.

Rep. Rochelle Galindo (D-Greeley) posted her resignation on social media on Sunday afternoon.

“It has been the honor of my life to serve as the Representative for State House District 50. I have served my community to the best of my ability have given a voice for the underrepresented. With that, it is with great sadness that I announce that I will be resigning my seat as the Representative for State House District 50 effective immediately,” wrote Galindo. “The allegations against me are false. That said, they will make my fight against the pending recall effort untenable. I will not put my constituents through what will surely be a recall campaign based on political smear tactics and false allegations. Instead, I will resign my seat as the elected representative of House District 50, effective immediately.”

A phone call to Galindo’s cell phone went immediately to voicemail and her voicemail was full. She has not yet responded to a text to her phone.

Multiple sources have told 9NEWS political reporter Marshall Zelinger that her resignation has nothing to do with the recall effort against her.

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House Speaker KC Becker (D-Boulder) said that the allegations were about sexual misconduct, not at the State Capitol.

“Today Rep. Galindo submitted a letter of resignation. We agree with Rep. Galindo's decision to step down at this time and allow someone else to serve the people of House District 50,” Becker said in a statement along with Majority Leader Rep. Alec Garnett (D-Denver).

A recall petition against Galindo had been approved on April 4. Organizers had until June 3 to submit 5,696 valid signature of House District 50 voters.

Galindo’s seat will now be filled by the House District 50 vacancy committee. A group of Democrats in House District 50 were previously selected to be on a committee like this should there be a vacancy. Committees like this exist for all House and Senate seats by both parties.

Marshall Zelinger is the political reporter for 9NEWS and Next with Kyle Clark. This is a developing story and will be updated throughout the day.

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