Sen. Owen Hill, a Republican state lawmaker from Colorado Springs, said Monday he will run for U.S. Senate in 2014, challenging the Democratic incumbent, Sen. Mark Udall.

Hill has served one term in the Colorado General Assembly and said he is ready to bring the next generation of the Republican Party to Washington D.C.

"I think it's time for new ideas and some innovative thinking," Hill said. "I got in the state senate and realized how much of the community thinks D.C. is broken; so much of what is happening is coming down from the federal level."

Hill said if elected to Congress, he would focus on individual rights and freedoms.

Another potential candidate in the race is state Rep. Amy Stephens, R-Monument, who said Monday she is being encouraged to run by her supporters but is still considering whether to make a bid.

Stephens, who reaches her term limit in 2014 after serving eight years in the state house, said there are positive sides to both returning to the private sector and remaining in public service.

"I am pro-public service and I am certainly pro-private industry and certainly that's always a consideration," Stephens said. "For me it's about being smart, reaching a decision that is workable, and if you do something, I think you need to do it well,"

Udall, meanwhile, raised $1.5 million in the first quarter for his second-term re-election campaign. In March he reported having $2.5 million cash on hand for the campaign. Second-quarter campaign finance reports have not yet been released, but Udall's are reportedly very strong.


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