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Employment lawyer Hill seeks CU regent board seat from Colorado Springs

March 16, 2017 Updated: March 16, 2017 at 11:37 am
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Chance Hill, a candidate for CU regent, pictured during training at Fort Jackson in South Carolina. (Photo courtesy of the Hill campaign.)

Chance Hill brings a heck of a resume to his candidacy for University of Colorado regent from Colorado Springs.

An employment lawyer in Colorado Springs, he served six years of active duty military service, including a year deployed in Northern Iraq, and then three years as an officer and analyst for the CIA. He notes he "briefly" worked undercover.

"Yet, despite having faced some real danger as a result of those experiences, I'm only half kidding when I say that the first time I felt like I was on the front lines was when I was a Republican back on a college campus," Hill said in his campaign video.

He identifies himself as a constitutional conservative.

Hill is the first candidate to file to run next year for CU's governing board from Congressional District 5 in the Springs. Fellow Republican Kyle Hybl, who currently holds the seat on the nine-member board, is term-limited.

Hill's campaign committee lists former Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler as his registered agent.

Hill got his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College in 2001 and a master's degree with honors in security studies from Georgetown University in 2010.

He received a law degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 2015, he said, and was the Notes & Comments editor of the "Michigan Law Review."

His press release said he has "a deep passion for education and ensuring that our CU students thrive in a campus culture that promotes intellectual diversity and free speech."

He also cites reducing student debt by cutting costs and building public-private partnerships, "while not raising taxes."

For Colorado Springs, he would try to steer research and development projects to the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

Hill is an elected Bonus Member for the El Paso County GOP Central Committee, which denotes his support and fundraising for the party.

He is a board member for the Colorado Council for Economic Education, the Downtown Board of the YMCA, the Government Affairs Council of the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce, the Mayor's Young Professionals Task Force and the Colorado Springs Rising Professionals, his campaign said.

Thursday night he will be honored as one of the Colorado Springs Business Journal's Rising Stars. Body-justified

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