U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs, picked up a third-party challenger Monday as Rebecca Keltie announced she would run as a Unity Party candidate.

A Navy veteran, Keltie is the Unity Party of America’s first female candidate, the party said in an announcement.

Lamborn has represented the 5th Congressional District since 2007. Last November, he received 57% of the vote against Democratic challenger Stephany Rose Spaulding and Douglas Randall.

Spaulding has announced her plan to run for U.S. Senate next year.

Keltie served 21 years in the military and is the mother of two who served as well. She is an information technology professional.

She pledged to support First and Second Amendment rights, as well as education, health care, veterans and immigration.

“I believe in exercising common sense on our Bill of Rights, education, health care and veterans,” she said in a statement. “And I’m convinced that the Unity Party will connect all Americans, both left and right.”

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Colorado Politics senior political reporter

Joey Bunch is the senior correspondent and deputy managing editor of Colorado Politics. His 32-year career includes the last 16 in Colorado. He was part of the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 and he is a two-time finalist.

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