Mark H. Aspiri announced his bid for the Republican nomination to challenge U.S. Senator Mark Udall in the Nov. 4, 2014 election.

According to a news release, Aspiri, president of Generation Point, LLC., an economic development company, made the announcement in Empire on Friday.

Aspiri grew up in Vashon Island, Wash.,and earned a bachelor's degree in business from Seattle University, the news release stated. He was one of two founding members of the 3P Foundation and was vice president of American Backgrounds, a company that provided criminal background investigations and drug testing, according to the news release.

"The news is filled with stories about political divisiveness. Across the board from health care to gay marriage, immigration to our government's role in our lives, this divisiveness must end. We need to empower the people, not continue to grow our government. We need to unify our country and I know we can do it," Aspiri stated in the news release.

Aspiri joins four others who are seeking the Republican nomination. They are: Weld County prosecutor and 2010 Republican Senate nominee Ken Buck; state Senators Randy Baumgardner and Owen Hill; businessman Jaime McMillan, and state Rep. Amy Stephens.

Udallwas elected with 53 percent of the vote in 2008, and announced in January that he would seek reelection.