In its ruling on the Colorado Legislature reapportionment maps, the state Supreme Court handed at least one young Republican a sweet opportunity.
Owen Hill, who made his name running a 2010 challenge against Senate Majority Leader John Morse, announced this morning that he will be running in the wholly redrawn Senate District 10.
Before the reapportionment process took its dramatic, last-minute turn, Hill was looking at the prospect of a three-way primary for House District 16 against former County Commissioner Jim Bensberg and newcomer
Mark Mike Garner. Bensberg dropped out, leaving the battle for the seat to Garner, who is seen as the chosen heir of term-limited incumbent Rep. Larry Liston.
From Hill's announcement:
Today the Colorado Supreme Court adopted a new set of State House and State Senate maps that were gerrymandered by the Democrats to significantly alter existing districts.
This change has placed incumbent State Representative Janak Joshi and me in the same State House District. Because Rep. Joshi is a hard-working and proven conservative leader, I will not run against him for the Republican nomination for this seat.
However, because the new maps have taken me out of the old State Senate seat that I ran for in 2010 and placed me in a new, more conservative open seat with no incumbent I am transferring my candidacy from Rep. Joshi’s new district to the new Colorado State Senate District 10.
Going from a once-crowded field and still with an opponent for a House seat, to the open field of a brand-new Senate district, has to make Hill way, way happier.
The rest of Hill's announcement:
Our nation continues to argue strongly about the best future for protecting the American dream, pitting a growing liberal and elitist state bureaucracy against the personal liberty and prosperity of thousands of hard working Colorado families. Both liberal Republicans and Democrats are to blame for the mess we are in. Our national debt has increased to over $15 trillion and we continue to borrow over $4.6 billion every day. If we do not elect new, more effective, and committed conservative leadership to government, we will deprive our children of the same blessings we have too often taken for granted.
While the answers to our current problems are not easy for most government bureaucrats to accept, they are common-sense, and meaningful reforms we must have the courage to take. Unlike incumbent politicians from the past, we must reduce the scope and expense of government and return power, money, and decisions to the people at the local level wherever and whenever we can.
We must give our children world-class education and stop funding an unsuccessful union dominated system that does not meet the needs and opportunities of the 21st century.
Our future depends on creating local jobs, providing our own energy and weaning ourselves from dependence on foreign oil.
As a conservative Republican State Senator, I will represent the people with a new generation of conservative leadership committed to using the ideas and technology that will defeat the Democrats and prosper our great state once again. Thomas Jefferson continues to remind us of the goal of our conservative politics:
“A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government”
As allowed by Colorado State law, and with the blessing of my supporters, my campaign will be transferring the $18,245 raised so far into our campaign for Colorado Senate District 10.
I am encouraged by the broad and growing network of support from those who believe that the core conservative values of pro-life, pro-liberty, and pro-taxpayer are worth our time, our money, and our hard work.
If you would like more information, please visit my website at www.OwenHill.org and join our network of support from other committed and conservative families, and leaders in business, education, and from the non-profit sector. You can also show your support on facebook at www.Facebook.com/OwenHillforColorado.