State Rep. Lori Saine speaks on the floor of the Colorado House of Representatives on June 11, 2020. (Andy Bosselman for Newsline)
Weld County Commissioner Lori Saine on Tuesday became the first well-known Republican to announce her candidacy for Colorado’s newly drawn 8th Congressional District, adding a hard-line conservative voice to what is expected to be a highly competitive race for the new district along the northern Front Range.
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“In Congress, Lori will stand tall against Coastal Elites who do not understand Colorado and those of us who choose to live here,” reads an archived version of the website.
Saine served for eight years in the Colorado House of Representatives as a lawmaker representing House District 63, encompassing a large region stretching from Erie and Firestone in southern Weld County to the Wyoming border. Much of that area is included within the boundaries for Colorado’s new 8th District, which was apportioned to the state as a result of population growth and drawn by an independent redistricting panel.
The race for the new seat in the 2022 midterm elections is likely to be the most competitive in the state, with Democrats holding a slight advantage based on results from recent statewide elections.
Saine, who was elected last year to a seat on the Weld County Board of Commissioners after being term-limited out of the state House, is a staunch conservative who pushed legislation that would ban nearly all abortions in Colorado, and bitterly opposed efforts by Democrats to regulate oil and gas drilling and curb gun violence.
In December 2020, Saine led a group of GOP lawmakers in echoing baseless concerns about Denver-based Dominion Voting Systems and other election-related conspiracy theories, culminating in an eight-hour hearing of the Legislative Audit Committee that uncovered no evidence of fraud.
Saine was arrested at Denver International Airport in 2017 after a loaded handgun was discovered in her purse. She told authorities that she “totally forgot” about the gun, according to the Associated Press, and no charges were filed.
On the Democratic side, state Rep. Yadira Caraveo, a Thornton pediatrician, announced her candidacy for the 8th District seat in August, and has picked up endorsements from many prominent statehouse Democrats.
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