Tyler Stevens joins pack running for CD5

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Stevens: Jumping into CD5 race. - COURTESY TYLER STEVENS CAMPAIGN
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  • Stevens: Jumping into CD5 race.
Former mayor of Green Mountain Falls Tyler Stevens has announced he's running for Congress in the 5th Congressional District, becoming the fifth declared Republican candidate.

Others include former Texas judge Bill Rhea, State Sen. Owen Hill, El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn and incumbent Doug Lamborn, who's held the seat for six terms.

According to a letter he sent to supporters, Stevens is trying to raise $20,000 in two weeks, likely to fund a petition signature-gathering effort to get on the ballot.

We've called the campaign and will update if an when we hear back.

Stevens, owner of Complete Kitchens, also has served on the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments, Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority and Pikes Peak Regional Building Commission.

Here's his letter:
My name is Tyler Stevens and I will be running for Colorado’s U.S. House District 5. I wanted to personally introduce myself in preparation to embark on this journey. I will be traveling the district to meet voters from every corner in order to gauge what is of immediate concern in our district’s current political climate. Before I do this, I must ensure that I gain enough signatures for ballot access.

This year, we have a unique opportunity to elect an experienced voice – someone who will bring new energy, innovative ideas and a commitment to the people who live in our district and our community.

I’m proud to be a long-time public servant within our region, a first responder, and a small business owner. My commitment to this region runs deep and I want nothing more but to take that passion and energy to Washington, D.C. on your behalf.

We have a unique opportunity to engage unaffiliated voters along with Republican voters in the primary for the first time. This means we will have the ability to reach tens of thousands of new voters who have not been able to cast a ballot in a primary before. These voters are just as frustrated with our direction as I am. I am reaching out to voters who align with my views of fiscal responsibility, common-sense solutions to critical issues and bridging the partisan divide to increase the proficiency of our government.

To get on the ballot, I need to raise an additional $30,000 within the next ten days. I need your help to get my name on the ballot so that I can take the next steps in my efforts to run for Congress. Running my own business has taught me to be pragmatic. Setting benchmarks for my success will not only help me in running a strong campaign, but will also ensure that I use the funds I raise wisely, with our community in mind.

I hope you will join me by making a donation of any size to help fuel our efforts as I prepare myself to run for Congress.

Tyler Stevens

Democrats seeking the seat include Stephany Rose Spaulding, who teaches women's and ethnic studies at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and activist Betty Field.



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