Republican announces candidacy against Lee in HD-18

       A race is shaping up in Statehouse District 18.
       Jennifer George, an attorney and board member of Goodwill Industries, has announced her candidacy as a Republican for Statehouse District 18.



       Unless one or more other candidates surface, she will run in November against incumbent Democrat Pete Lee, who was elected for the first time in 2010.
       “I am worried about the future of District 18 and our state,” said George in a prepared statement. “I am running because our district deserves someone to represent us in Denver whose singular focus is the economic health of Colorado.”
       What is hurting the economy, she elaborated in an interview, is a lack of economic certainty, which keeps businesses from investing, growing and hiring. “I want to peel back the regulations that cause economic uncertainty,” George said.
       Not greatly affected by the recent statewide reapportionment (see story, Page 1), D-18 still takes in much of the Westside (including the Old Colorado City area), as well as Manitou Springs and the downtown.
       Lee said he filed his paperwork to run for re-election before the boundary changes became official in December. “I'm excited about doing another term,” the career attorney said. “With the intricacies of the budget, it's hard to do justice to the job in just one term.”
       He does have one particular satisfaction from his first term, which was the bipartisan support for his restorative justice bill, through which criminals can be made aware of the harm they cause their victims.
       From Texas, George, 44, has lived in Colorado Springs since 1995. She has been married to her husband Jeff for 19 years. They live in the Cheyenne area and have two daughters.
       In addition to Goodwill, George has volunteered with the Fine Arts Center, for which she was a recent chair of the Board of Trustees; and with the Cheyenne Mountain School District.
       “I am very invested in this community,” she said. “It's a fabulous place to live, and I want the best for it.”
       She would like to hear from people in D-18, preferably by e-mail at Her phone is 237-5519.
       Lee can be reached by e-mail at, or at the Statehouse at 303-866-2932.

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