DENVER (CBS4) – It was a compelling story and voters responded. Tom Sullivan’s son, Alex, was among the dozen killed in the July 2012 Aurora theater shooting.READ MORE: Jeffco Public Schools Aims To Offer Flexibility With Remote Learning Next Fall
Now, Sullivan has been elected to the state House of Representatives.
CBS4 first met Tom Sullivan on the worst day of his life as he desperately held up a photo as he was searching for his son.
“Alex Sullivan… I’m his dad.”
His son had gone to see the new Batman movie with friends for his 27th birthday.
“I just think that’s what everyone would do. You’re trying to find him and maybe someone has seen him,” he recalled.
Alex and 11 others were murdered in the theater that night when a gunman opened fire.
Since then, Tom has been outspoken about gun violence testifying at legislative committees to some, he said, didn’t want to listen.READ MORE: COVID In Aurora: Signs For Vaccine Become Sticking Point Between Clinic & City
“What we will do is do what I did and build a coalition and we will run you out of your office,” he promised.
And so he decided to run as a Democrat in the state House of Representatives in the heavily-Republican district of Arapahoe County. He defeated the incumbent Cole Wist. It was part of Colorado’s blue victory Tuesday night.
“We’re all in this together. Everyone was doing their part, and that’s what teams do,” Sullivan said.
He will be taking office in January at the Capitol and already wants to revive the “Red Flag Bill” for those deemed a significant risk to themselves and others.
“To be able to temporarily remove their firearms from them and evaluate in another six months,” he said of the bill. He will also pursue victim rights legislation.
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“What would Alex say about what you have accomplished?” CBS4’s Rick Sallinger asked.
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