El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn
will challenge U.S. Senator Michael Bennet
in the November 2016 elections.
It has long been rumored
that Glenn, a Republican, would seek the seat. Glenn, an attorney, was elected to his second term as a county commissioner in November. Before serving on the Board of County Commissioners, Glenn was a Colorado Springs city councilor.
Glenn has a tendency to win elections handily, often with little or no opposition, partially because he has represented solidly conservative districts. His County Commission District 1
, for instance, represents the northern parts of the county, including the Air Force Academy and Black Forest.
Glenn made headlines for his diligent work on the recovery effort for the 2013 Black Forest Fire.
, a Democrat, was appointed to the Senate in 2009 and elected in November 2010.
has released the following statement:
(COLORADO SPRINGS) – El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn announced today his candidacy for the United States Senate in the [sic] 2016.
“I believe Colorado needs representation from a conservative who has worked his way through the types of obstacles with which nearly all middle-class and lower-income people struggle,” Glenn said. “If my entry into this race seems early, it's because I'm willing to invest the time and make the community connections necessary to build a comprehensive strategic plan that will help everyone pursue their American dream.”
Glenn, a husband, father, lawyer and retired Air Force officer, has been elected twice to the Colorado Springs City Council and twice to the El Paso Board of County Commissioners.
In addition to his elective public service, Glenn runs a small business, a private legal practice. As an Air Force Officer he was program manager in a $5 billion weapon system program office responsible for creating and implementing a base realignment and closure plan. He led the management of 35 combat communication programs valued at $1 billion and developed a support plan that saved $20 million while providing 40 percent more equipment for our troops.
“I worry about the polarizing national debate over the core principles that govern our country,” Glenn said. “Parents and grandparents are rightly concerned about mounting economic burdens facing their children and grandchildren. Hard-working individuals and families struggle with budgets that barely get them from one paycheck to the next. Many people are dismayed as they watch their hard-earned money get wasted on government excess.”
As a commissioner, Glenn works full time to serve a population of more than 655,000. His district consists of more than 130,000—more than any state Senate district and almost twice the population served by any member of the Colorado House of Representatives.
Glenn, a Republican since high school, is a member of New Life Church in Colorado Springs. He calls himself a Christian constitutional conservative and will support policy that enables everyone to pursue their American dream by ensuring economic freedom, restoring the traditional balance of power among federal branches of government, mandating that government live within it’s means, strengthening our nation’s security and providing for international defense.
For more information, visit: ElectDarrylGlenn.com