by Ralph Routon
Pueblo Democrat Sal Pace, the current state House Minority Leader, will be aiming for a higher office in the 2012 election.
Pace has confirmed to media today that he's running for Congress in Colorado's 3rd District against first-term Republican Scott Tipton of Cortez, who unseated John Salazar in the 2010 election.
Pace, a 34-year-old political science professor, told the Denver Post that “I want to hear concerns and I want to hear about what Washington does well and what it shouldn’t do. People care about government accountability and transparence and protecting our rural way of life in Southern Colorado and Western Colorado.”
The district stretches from Pueblo and southeastern counties to Durango, Cortez and the Utah border, then all the way northward to Wyoming, including Grand Junction, Gunnison and Glenwood Springs. That map could change slightly with redistricting, which is still uncertain.
Pace, whose family moved to Durango when he was a teen, graduated from Fort Lewis College there and later earned another degree at Louisiana State University. He worked for Salazar as a legislative aide in the Colorado House, then continued on Salazar's staff after he was elected to Congress.
Pace also has taught political science at Colorado State University-Pueblo and Pueblo Community College. He was first elected to the state House in 2008.