Lamborn brings on new staffers.
Facing competition from within his own party to retain his 5th District congressional eat, Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn has announced new personnel, including a faith outreach person.
Lamborn, serving his sixth term, is being challenged by State Sen. Owen Hill and El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn, who lost his bid last year to unseat Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet.
It might be odd to hire a person in charge of faith outreach, but then, President Trump has vowed to overturn a law that bars churches from being actively involved in politics, so perhaps Lamborn is forward-looking.
The changes, according to a newsletter announcement:
Pastor Jeff Anderson, senior advisor for faith based outreach, is a native of Southern Colorado and a 1987 graduate of Rampart High School. Anderson served on the pastoral staff of Grace Bible Church beginning in 1992. He's also the president of International Bible Conference. He'll serve as the main liaison between the office and the faith based community.
Matthew Groves, senior defense advisor, spent the last four years advising Rep. Paul Cook from Twentynine Palms, Calif. He served through the passage of five National Defense Authorization Acts. A graduate of the University of Maryland and Elon University School of Law, he's worked at the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. House.
Jamie Dangers, legislative assistant, will work on "pro-life, pro-family, pro-religious freedom issues" and those involving the judiciary, financial services, telecom and trade. She'll also serve as a liaison between Lamborn's Washington, D.C., office and faith based organizations in the district. She grew up in Uganda and has worked for the Family Research Council and Save the Storks.
Lindsay Schneider, legislative assistant, will focus on foreign affairs relating to the Middle East and handle Lamborn's constituent mail. She previously was a legislative correspondent for Rep. Alex Mooney, R-W.V.
Democrats Stephany Rose Spaulding and Betty Fields have said they'll run for Lamborn's seat, which represents all or portions of Park, Chaffee, El Paso, Freemont and Teller counties, is heavily Republican.