State representative and former House Majority Leader Amy Stephens announced her candidacy for the U.S. Senate on Friday from her home in Monument.
Stephens will officially kick off her campaign Saturday, with an announcement and appearance at 9:45 a.m. in Colorado Springs at the Classical Academy East Campus gym, 12201 Cross Peak View. The event will be open to the public.
"I am running for Senate because I believe middle class families are being hurt by runaway spending, government overreaches and Washington politicians who have lost touch with their constituents. Coloradans are exceptional people and we deserve a federal government that reflects our values by upholding the Constitution, exercising fiscal discipline and respecting the privacy of law-abiding citizens," Stephens stated in a news release.
"I've proven that I can win tough races, and I've demonstrated that I have the drive and determination to outwork any opponent. I am confident that with the help of conservative activists from across Colorado, I will defeat Senator Udall and bring sanity back to the nation's capital."
Stephens was endorsed and introduced by former U.S. Sen. Hank Brown, who represented Colorado in the U.S. House from 1981 to 1991 and in the Senate from 1991 to 1997. Brown, who led the University of Colorado after a troubled era, is deemed one of the most respected moderate Republicans in Colorado.
Stephens has represented the 19th District in the Colorado State House since 2007 and was the House majority leader from 2010 to 2012, spokesman Justin Miller said.
Stephens' early opponents on the GOP side are State Sen. Owen Hill of Colorado Springs, State Sen. Randy Baumgardner and Ken Buck, who ran unsuccessfully for a U.S. Senate seat against Sen. Michael Bennet.
A graduate of California State University at Fullerton, Stephens has lived in Colorado for the past 22 years, working in federal public policy with Focus on the Family for 10 years and running her business, Fresh Ideas Communication & Consulting, for the past 12 years.
At Friday's announcement, Brown said Stephens was the only Republican who could win the 2014 race.
"I am proud to endorse her candidacy because I am convinced that she is the best candidate and the only Republican who can win this race in 2014," Brown said.