DENVER - House Minority Leader Mark Waller, R-Colorado Springs, announced Monday he will run for attorney general.

The former deputy district attorney from Pueblo will seek to replace another Colorado Springs Republican, John Suthers, who reaches his term limit for the post and is unable to seek a third-term.

Waller will face stiff competition for the seat in a primary against Cynthia Coffman, a Republican who has worked as chief deputy attorney general under Suthers for eight years.

Democratic Don Quick has said he will run for the seat. The former Adams County District Attorney worked in the attorney general's office for six years before he took the post as district attorney for the 17th Judicial District.

Waller was with the 10th Judicial District before he was elected in 2008 to the Colorado House of Representatives, where he led the minority party for the 2013 legislative session.

Waller served on active duty and in Reserves in the U.S. Air Force for more than 14 years.

"I am incredibly excited about this new opportunity to serve Colorado," Waller said. "As an Iraqi war veteran, former deputy district attorney and legislator I know my unique set of experiences will serve me well as Attorney General."


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