A former Denver Public Schools board member has been appointed to the state senate to replace veteran Denver Democrat Paula Sandoval.
Lucia Guzman, a pastor and former executive director of the Colorado Council of Churches, was chosen by a district 34 vacancy committee Sunday.
Sandoval resigned her Senate seat, which she held since Jan. 2003, after being elected to the Denver City Council.
Guzman must be elected this November if she wishes to hold the seat after Sandoval's term ends in early January.
She faces competition in the Democratic primary from Reps. Joel Judd and Jerry Frangas.