Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Strand plans a bid for GOP nomination in Congressional District 5

Posted By on Wed, Aug 23, 2017 at 11:33 AM

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The race for the Republican nomination in Congressional District 5 will soon widen.

Colorado Springs City Councilor Tom Strand tells the Independent he'll announce his candidacy in late September. Strand formerly was registered as a Democrat but says he'll run as a Republican because Democrats can't win in the GOP-dominated district. More on this later.

There seems to be little question Strand can hold his Council seat during a campaign for another office, because Darryl Glenn did just that as he sought an El Paso County commissioner seat some years ago.

Strand, 69, says his top three issues — far from the normal political grist — include support for federal leadership in funding wildfire protection, both fire response and mitigation of the nation's forests, further including all disaster response; creating an environment in which young people don't have to flee their birthplace to find good-paying jobs, and bringing strong military representation to Congress.

That's all he had time to say during a quick chat following the annual fundraiser breakfast for the city-owned Pioneers Museum. Then, he was off to another meeting.

Strand, a 30-year Air Force veteran, served as a military lawyer and began his service at Peterson Air Force Base on the city's east side. He served on the Colorado Springs School District 11 board prior to being elected to an at-large seat on City Council in 2015. His term expires in 2019.

His voter registration history is as follows, according to the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office:
Registered with the Democratic Party on 2/28/05.
Changed from Democratic to Republican on 5/26/16.
Changed from Republican to Unaffiliated on 1/1/17.
Changed from Unaffiliated to Republican on 7/23/17.

Given Strand's past association with the Democratic Party, if he makes it onto the primary ballot, his candidacy might draw a lot of Democrats to cross over for the Republican primary next June when Colorado conducts its first open primary in which voters can ask for a certain party's ballot at the polls.

Strand is the third candidate to say he'll challenge incumbent Rep. Doug Lamborn, serving his sixth term. The others are County Commissioner Darryl Glenn, who lost a bid for U.S. Senate against Democrat Michael Bennet last year, and state Sen. Owen Hill. Glenn and Hill are Air Force veterans and Air Force Academy graduates.

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