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ARELLO CEO Debbie Campagnola, 49, mourned

Former Colorado association exec and regulator dies after illness

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Friends, family and colleagues are mourning the death of Debbie E. Campagnola, 49, a real estate industry leader in Colorado and beyond, who passed away Jan. 1 after an illness.Campagnola was well known to Colorado Realtors, having worked on their behalf for 15 years with the Colorado Association of Realtors. She served in several capacities with CAR, including government affairs director, rising to CEO in her final six years with the association.The Albuquerque, N.M., native was then named director of the Colorado Division of Real Estate in 2003, supervising a staff of 38 and serving as the state's top real estate regulator for three years. During her tenure, Campagnola oversaw the implementation of a new law requiring that brokers be fingerprinted. "We are swamped," Campagnola told Inman News in January 2006, after most of the state's brokers missed the deadline. "There are days I've been doing data entry." In August 2006, Campagnola became the CEO of the Associat...