Rep. Amy Stephens, a Republican from Monument, formally announced her candidacy to become Colorado’s next U.S. senator Saturday.
Stephens will challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Udall in 2014. The GOP primary now will have four candidates vying to unseat Udall, who has extensive name recognition.
Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck, who ran last time against Udall, and state Sens. Randy Baumgardner of Hot Sulphur Springs and Owen Hill of Colorado Springs, have already announced their candidacies for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate.
Stephens, with the help of former Republican U.S. Sen. Hank Brown, made her announcement at the Classical Academy in Colorado Springs on Oct. 13.
Stephens labels Udall “out-of-touch” and vows to “fight against Obamacare’s negative impact on seniors, doctors, families and job creators until the day we’re finally able to repeal it.”
Stephens sponsored bipartisan legislation some called “Amycare.” She won a landslide victory House District 19 in November with nearly 82 percent of the vote.
Stephens worked for Focus on the Family and founded her own consulting firm.
“Some people say America’s best days are behind us,” Stephens says in her announcement video. “I believe our country’s best days are ahead.”