DENVER – For months, Colorado Republicans have been waiting for a candidate to run against Democrat U.S. Senator Mark Udall. This week, they got two – State Senator Owen Hill (R-Colo. Springs) and State Senator Randy Baumgardner (R-Hot Sulphur Springs), both of whom announced plans to challenge Udall next year.
Baumgardner and Hill may be the first two GOP candidates to publicly declare their intention to unseat Udall, but they likely won’t be the last. At least two other GOP candidates are reportedly considering runs against Udall as well: State Rep. Amy Stephens (R-Colo. Springs) and Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck.
If Buck were to enter the race, it would be his second campaign for U.S. Senate. Buck lost a 2010 race to U.S. Senator Michael Bennet after narrowly defeating Lt. Governor Jane Norton to win the GOP nomination.
Both Hill and Baumgardner were elected to the State Senate in 2012.
Prior to being elected to the Senate last year, Hill worked for Compassion International, a Christian anti-poverty group dedicated to helping children, and unsuccessfully tried to defeat now-Senate President John Morse in 2010.
Baumgardner is a rancher and worked for the Colorado Department of Transportation before he was elected to the State House of Representatives in 2008.
The man they hope to unseat, 62-year old incumbent Mark Udall, whose Washington career now spans three decades, was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2008 after serving five terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.