More than a year before the November 2014 election, candidates are stepping up to run.
One such contender is Paul Lundeen
, a Republican who chairs the State Board of Education
. Lundeen announced his intentions on Monday to seek the House District 19
seat now held by Rep. Amy Stephens
, and he had some big-name support in doing so. Among those who showed up were State Sen. Kent Lambert, County Commissioner Peggy Littleton and Stephens
Lundeen, who filed for office on Friday, is the only one seeking the seat so far, according to Secretary of State records.
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Stephens who is term limited and mentioned as a possible contender for the United State Senate seat in 2014 spoke of Lundeen’s success in business and on the State Board of Education. “Paul is a leader who gets things done,” said Stephens.
Senator Kent Lambert whose district overlays house district 19 has endorsed Lundeen, calling him the type of leader the Republican Party needs today. “His election as chairman is a testimony to his leadership,” said Lambert. “Paul gets his principles from the constitution and Paul’s going to be a leader in the House of Representatives.”
County Commissioner Littleton, who served on the State Board of Education prior to the county board, said Lundeen has been an effective champion for local control and parent engagement in education. “Paul has pushed forward the cause of educational choice and Charter schools with untiring passion and effect,” said Littleton.
Lundeen announced his campaign will run under the theme of “Smaller government, bigger people.” Speaking to a gathering at the Monument Charter Academy, Lundeen said, “It is my clear conviction that a smaller government at every level is the catalyst necessary to spark a rebirth in Colorado that will lead to revitalization of America.”
The candidate spoke of the unique opportunity the seat he is seeking holds for conservatives. “The seat should not only be a Republican seat, it should be a leadership seat. It is my intention to be more than a conservative vote from this house district. It is my commitment to you, I will be a leader focused on conservative and constitutional principles who reaches out beyond this district and puts a shoulder to the wheel of returning the Colorado House of Representatives to conservative authority. “
Lundeen has founded a number of small business enterprises including learning centers, a golf course management company, a marketing company that served national and international communications needs, a tree farm, and a wealth management investment advisory.
The Monument resident is a graduate of New York University, has been married to Connie Lundeen for twenty-eight years and they have two “grown and launched children,” both of whom graduated from Lewis Palmer High School.