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Gazette Premium Content Second Democrat enters 5th Congressional District race

By Tom Roeder Published: January 20, 2014

A second Democrat has entered the race to unseat incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn.

Leslie Summey, jumped into the 5th Congressional District race with a Monday news conference.

A Navy veteran, Summey was a singer with the Navy Band. She's a mother of five, Colorado Springs native and political newcomer.

"I'm not a politician," she said. "I'm not a member of the establishment."

Summey, who moved back to Colorado Springs in the fall, faces Irv Halter, a retired Air Force major general, in a Democratic primary for the seat.

Democrats have never held the 5th District seat, which Lamborn claimed in 2006 after the retirement of the GOP's Joel Hefley.

In campaign finance papers, Summey lists herself as the campaign's treasurer. The latest reports don't show donations to her campaign.

In the latest finance reports, through Sept. 30, Halter had raised $116,000 with $83,000 cash on hand.

Lamborn had raised more than $121,000 through Sept. 30 and had $70,000 left to spend.

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