Casper Stockham says he is strongly considering a third run for Congress next year, but this time in a new district.
The Uber driver and motivational speaker has been the Republican nominee twice against incumbent Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Denver, in Congressional District 1.
But next year he says he might be on the ballot in neighboring Congressional District 6 against Rep. Jason Crow, D-Aurora.
"There's not a handful of people who can beat Crow," Stockham said. "Right now Republican voter registration numbers are going down, and unaffiliateds are going up. Very few Republicans can relate to those voters leaving our party. I think I'm one of them."
Stockham wouldn't have to move to run in the new district. When he was running in District 1 over the last four years, he actually lived in District 6, he said. The law allows candidates to live outside the district they're running to represent.
Two weeks ago, former Republican state Rep. Phil Covarrubias of Commerce City told Colorado Politics he, too, was thinking about challenging Crow.
Crow knocked off longtime incumbent Republican Rep. Mike Coffman last year.
Stockham tells Colorado Politics he's counting on his national party being eager to reclaim the seat, providing campaign support from national sources and local donors he's said are ready to spend what it takes to win back the east-metro seat.
That support was lacking when he took on DeGette, an entrenched member of her party's leadership in Washington in a safely Democratic district.
Aurora is competitive and diverse and willing to elect a conservative, he said. Unlike Coffman, Stockham said he's a solid supporter of President Trump.
The president's results on the economy, especially in minority communities, speak louder than Trump's rhetoric, Stockham said.
He said that while Democrats grandstand on immigration for political gain, he would support favors a plan with a path to legal residency.
"We definitely need border security, whether it's a fence or a wall, or whatever you want to call it," Stockham said. "We don't need to do that only, but that's part of the plan. We also don't need to just start rounding up people and sending them back. We have to have some kind of humane way to deal with people, but those people also need to get in line and follow the law."
Immigrants also would have to have a sponsor to ensure they have a job, as well as protections from the government against abuses from employers.
Stockham said Congress can play a key role in empowering communities by coordinating with and supporting local organizations with local solutions, rather than federal mandates and empty promises.