Former Lone Tree Mayor Jim Gunning announced he is seeking the Republican nomination for Colorado's 4th Congressional District seat, in a gathering of more than 50 people in front of the Freedom Keeper monument on Wilcox Street in Castle Rock on Nov. 10.
"America is incredibly divided, and we need to look for leadership to bring us back together," said Gunning, who is aiming to be the GOP nominee for the post in the November 2018 election.
Supporters applauded Gunning as he declared his intentions to advocate on the behalf of 4th District residents.
"Nuclear issues demand toughness. At home we have a drug crisis that needs addressed, and Congress must find a solution to health care," he said. "We won't compromise our children's future for political gain today."
District 4 includes Parker, Lone Tree, Castle Rock, Elbert County, much of Colorado's Eastern Plains, and areas north of the Denver metro area. The sprawling district borders Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico, and its 38,103-square-mile area covers more than a third of Colorado. It has been represented since January 2015 by Republican Ken Buck, of Windsor, who is in his second term.
Gunning served two terms as the mayor of Lone Tree, where he has lived for 20 years, and said keeping in touch with residents is vital for any successful official.
"When I was mayor of Lone Tree, citizen input made the difference in determining action and priorities. Government should serve us, not rule us," he said.
Gunning served in the Air Force for nearly 20 years, both on active duty and in the reserves. He served on the Lone Tree City Council before being elected twice as mayor.
At his candidacy announcement, Gunning was joined by his wife of more than 30 years, Amy; son Alex, 28; and daughter Paige, 22.
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