Rep. Pete Lee has a challenger for the 2012 election.
Jennifer George announced this morning that she will be running for District 18 of the state House of Representatives, to represent in part Manitou Springs, Old Colorado City and downtown Colorado Springs.
While the Republican is a newcomer to the campaign trail, she has held a couple of high-profile board positions, chairing the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center's board of trustees as well as serving as a board member of Goodwill Industries of Colorado Springs. And according to her bio, she's been successful as a consultant.
George, an attorney, a longtime Colorado Springs resident and an active community trustee, feels compelled to run for the seat. “I am worried about the future of District 18 and our state,” said George. “I am running because our district deserves someone to represent us in Denver whose singular focus is the economic health of Colorado.” She will strive to find ways to make government more efficient and smaller and to create certainty for businesses and families.
As Lee, a Democrat, has pointed out, despite the liberal sub-communities of El Paso County all being situated into HD 18, the district is still only a third Democrat, third Republican and third independent.
This could prove to be an interesting race.