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Sep 11, 2013 2:54 AM by Tony Spehar - tspehar@koaa.com

Herpin reacts to election victory and describes plans for work in legislature

The results of Tuesday's election are in and Democrat State Senate President John Morse has been recalled with Republican Bernie Herpin, a former Colorado Springs City Council member, was elected to fill his seat as State Senator for District 11.

The news of Morse's concession filled the El Paso County Republican Headquarters with cheers late Tuesday night. Supporters of the recall effort said Morse had ignored the will of his constituents by supporting increased gun control, higher taxes and other issues.

"I think it tells all of us elected officials that you are responsive to the people that put you in office," Herpin told News 5. "When you ignore them, trample their rights, they have every right to say enough is enough."

The election results must still be certified, but Herpin already has plans for his time in the legislature. In addition to job creation he said one of his primary goals would be to help pass "Jessica's Law" which would impose a high mandatory sentence for anyone convicted of committing a sexual assault on a child.

"I have committed to supporting Jessica's Law in the senate sending a clear message to people that would molest our children that we will not tolerate that," Herpin explained. "I'm committed to the citizens of Senate District 11 that I will respond to them, I will seek their input and that I will protect their rights."

As of early Wednesday morning the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office reported that the vote to recall John Morse won by just over 300 votes. Bernie Herpin won the election to fill Morse's seat by over 1,000 votes soundly defeating any write-in candidates.

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