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Keyser announces candidacy for U.S. Senate

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Republican will resign from state House seat in District 25

By Gabrielle Porter

Rep. Jon Keyser, the Republican who represents Conifer and Evergreen in the state House, has announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Michael Bennet. 

The Morrison resident was elected in House District 25 in 2014, succeeding three-term representative Cheri Gerou, also a Republican.

An attorney and reserve Air Force officer, Keyser decided to run in District 25 after Gerou decided not to seek a fourth term. He campaigned as a “citizen legislator” who would focus on the interests of constituents. Keyser also said he would like to restore political balance to the General Assembly.

Keyser told The Denver Post he would resign his statehouse seat and his position at the Hogan Lovells law firm.

Keyser’s statehouse replacement will be decided by the House District 25 vacancy committee, said Ryan Lynch, a Colorado Republican Party spokesman. Each state House and Senate district has its own bylaws that determine how vacancies will be filled. In Keyser’s case, district chair Robert Blackwell, vice chair Donna Jack and secretary Kelly Ann Breuer will head up the 20-person vacancy committee, Lynch said.

Keyser has announced he will resign his seat effective Jan. 25, which means the committee will have to act quickly.

Keyser did not return calls for comment before press time.

Colorado’s candidates for U.S. Senate

At least eight candidates have declared their intention to run for U.S. Senate, including incumbent Michael Bennet, the lone Democrat. Here are the contenders:

• State Sen. Tim Neville, a Littleton Republican.

• Jeffco County Commissioner Don Rosier.

• State Rep. Jon Keyser, an attorney and reserve Air Force officer.

• Retired Air Force computer programmer Charlie Ehlers.

• Business strategy consultant and former Aurora city councilman Ryan Frazier.

• Former El Paso County commissioner and Colorado Springs city councilman Darryl Glenn.

• Mortgage broker Michael Kinlaw.