Election 2018Hot Sheet

Lamborn challenger Tyler Stevens makes GOP primary ballot

Author: Ernest Luning - April 20, 2018 - Updated: April 20, 2018

Republican 5th Congressional District candidate Tyler Stevens, a former mayor of Green Mountain Falls (Courtesy photo)

A fourth Republican challenging U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn’s bid for a seventh term in the June primary has made the ballot, state officials announced Friday.

Tyler Stevens, a former Green Mountain Falls mayor, successfully petitioned into the primary by submitting 1,223 valid signatures from district Republicans, Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams said in a release. It takes 1,000 signatures to get on the ballot.

In addition to Lamborn, Stevens joins state Sen. Owen Hill, El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn and retired Texas state judge Bill Rhea on the primary ballot in the heavily Republican 5th Congressional District.

Lamborn won a spot in the primary by petition but is facing a court challenge seeking to remove him. The Colorado Supreme Court is expected to rule next week on the lawsuit, which charges that some of Lamborn’s signatures were gathered by paid circulators who weren’t Colorado residents, as the law requires.

The Democrats have settled on a candidate for the seat — Stephany Rose Spaulding, an associate professor of Women’s and Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

Stevens, who has served as mayor or town trustee of Green Mountain Falls for 20 years, owns Complete Kitchens in Colorado Springs and is a medical captain for the Green Mountain Falls/Chipita Park Fire Department. He’s the vice president of the Teller County EMS Council.

Colorado’s primary election is June 26. For the first time, unaffiliated voters will be able to cast ballots without having to sign up with either major party.

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning is a political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has covered politics and government for newspapers and online news sites in Colorado for more than 25 years, including at the Highlands Ranch Herald, the Jefferson Sentinels chain of community newspapers and the Aurora Sentinel, where he was the city hall and cops reporter. After editing the Aurora Daily Sun, he was a political reporter and blogger for The Colorado Independent site. For nearly a decade, he was a senior political reporter and occasional editor at The Colorado Statesman before the 119-year-old publication merged with Colorado Politics in 2017.