Steve House rally

Republican 6th Congressional District candidate Steve House, right, takes part in a rally protesting U.S. Rep. Jason Crow's support for an impeachment inquiry targeting President Donald Trump on Oct. 10, 2019, in Aurora.

Less than two months after launching his congressional bid, Republican Steve House has qualified for the first level of a support program run by the U.S. House GOP's campaign arm for candidates in competitive districts.

House, a former Colorado Republican Party official, is one of three GOP candidates running against U.S. Rep. Jason Crow, a first-term Democrat representing the Aurora-based 6th Congressional District. He's the first Republican challenger in Colorado this cycle to win the National Republican Congressional Committee's "On the Radar" designation, putting him on a track to advance in the group's Young Guns fundraising and training program.

“We’re thrilled to add these compelling, hardworking candidates to our Young Guns program,” said U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer of Minnesota, the NRCC's chairman, in a statement. “While Nancy Pelosi and the socialist Democrats continue to focus on the baseless impeachment of President Trump, we will be working with our candidates to take back the majority in 2020.”

House is among 75 Republican candidates nationwide who have so far been tapped to enter the program, based on meeting NRCC benchmarks in fundraising, grassroots organizing and political support in their districts.

Through Sept. 30, House reported raising just over $200,000 for his campaign — lagging the $1,368,000 Crow has raised but significantly ahead of the two other Republicans running for the battleground seat. Casper Stockham, a motivational speaker who has run twice in a neighboring congressional district, raised just $8,600, and newcomer John Szemler hasn't reported any contributions.

“I’m grateful for the recognition and support from the NRCC, but frankly my main concern remains the hardworking families in my community that are struggling to pay for healthcare and education for their children — let alone think about saving for their retirement,” House said in a statement.

He added: “The families in my community feel abandoned by Washington and elected leaders like Jason Crow — who would rather re-litigate the 2016 election than solve real problems of real people back here at home. I can do better and it’s time for a change.”

Crow, an Army Ranger combat veteran, was among seven House Democrats with military and national security backgrounds who called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to launch an inquiry into impeaching President Trump after word broke in late September that the president pressured the president of Ukraine to open an investigation into one of Trump's chief political rivals.

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