Democratic Air Force general to challenge Lamborn in CD5

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Major General Irv Halter, who retired from the Air Force in 2009, is a Democratic candidate for Colorado's 5th District seat held by GOP Congressman Doug Lamborn.

DENVER — Retired Air Force Major General Irv Halter will announce Wednesday that he’s running for Congress in Colorado’s 5th Congressional District, which is home to five military installations: the Air Force Academy, NORAD Fort Carson, Schriever Air Force Base and Petersen Air Force Base.

And yet, the 32-year military veteran is a longshot to unseat Congressman Doug Lamborn next year for one simple reason.

He’s a Democrat.

The Republican Party has held control of the seat since the 5th District’s creation.

With the GOP holding a 16-point voter registration edge, the district is far and away the most conservative district in the state.

Lamborn, first elected to replace Joel Hefley in 2007, hasn’t had the smoothest tenure in Congress, garnering attention in recent years for likening President Obama to a “tar baby”, skipping the State of the Union address and, earlier this year, inadvertently revealing classified information when he read aloud a passage from a Defense Intelligence Agency report that said North Korea had the know-how to put a nuclear warhead on a missile.

According to his campaign’s press release, Halter spent 32 years in the Air Force, including time as a combat fighter pilot; he rose to the rank of Major General and finished out his career working for the Joint Staff in Washington.

After retiring in 2009, Halter returned to Colorado Springs and joined a large information technology company as Vice President and General Manager for Air Force and Missile Defense Agency programs.

He is a board member and former Vice Chairman of the Military Affairs Committee of the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance.

Halter’s campaign kickoff announcement is set for 10 a.m. Wednesday in America the Beautiful Park in Colorado Springs.

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