DENVER — Former state Sen. Abel Tapia is considering challenging GOP Congressman Scott Tipton in Colorado’s Third Congressional District, FOX31 Denver has learned.
Tapia, a Pueblo Democrat who left the legislature in 2010 to run the Colorado Lottery, is reportedly likely to be the Democratic candidate to take on Tipton, R-Grand Junction.
Democrats are searching for a new candidate in C.D. 3 after former state Rep. Buffie McFadyen, D-Pueblo, abruptly ended her own campaign roughly a month after getting in the race.
During his time at the Capitol, Tapia served on the powerful Joint Budget Committee.
He’s not the only Democrat to have expressed interest in the race for C.D. 3, which spans all of southern Colorado and much of the Western Slope including Grand Junction; but sources indicate he’s the preferred candidate at this point given his experience and name recognition in the Pueblo area.
Tipton, who was first elected in 2010, is seeking a third term in the district, where voter registration favors Republicans.