Erie resident Pat Miller has announced she’s a candidate for the Colorado House District 63 state legislative seat up for election next year.
Miller, a 71-year-old Republican who is a former state legislator, is seeking to succeed Rep. Lori Saine, R-Firestone, who is term-limited and cannot seek re-election to the seat in 2020.
Miller said Saine has endorsed her candidacy.
“The Constitution was written with great care. The individual came first and the government governed only with consent … and then to protect life, liberty and property,” Miller said in a written statement.
“Somewhere along the way, we gave government too much power. Leaders have lost touch with the people,” she said.
“I’m pro-life, 100%,” Miller said in a Friday interview. “I’m not an anti-fracker. I’m strong on the Second Amendment. I’m pro legal immigration. I think I fit this district well.”
House District 63 represents southwest Weld County communities including Frederick, Firestone, Dacono and Mead and the Weld County portions of Longmont and Erie.
Miller was a Colorado House member in 1991 and 1992, when she lived in and represented an Arvada legislative district. She said she’s lived in Erie for 19 years.
She was the Republican candidate for Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District seat in 1994 and 1996, losing both those elections to Boulder Democrat David Skaggs.
Miller was the American Constitution Party’s candidate for lieutenant governor — gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo’s running mate — in the 2010 election won by Democrat John Hickenlooper and Joseph Garcia.
Erie Town Trustee Dan Woog, a Republican, also has announced his candidacy for the House District 63 seat.
One Democrat, Dacono resident Geneiveve Schneider, filed for candidacy for the seat earlier this month, according to the Colorado Secretary of State’s website.