Colorado's Unity Party sets inaugural state assembly, readies slate of candidates

Bill Hammons, Unity Party founder and national chairman.

A familiar face in the Unity Party is returning to Colorado from Texas to run Rebecca Keltie’s campaign for Colorado’s 5th Congressional District.

Bill Hammons, the 15-year-old party's founder and national chairman, is calling himself a "ColoTexan." He was the Unity Party's nominee for governor in Colorado last year before relocating to the Lone Star State.

The central Colorado district is mostly in El Paso and Teller counties, with most of the population in Colorado Springs and its suburbs.

Keltie announced her candidacy in June.

She's taking on a well-entrenched Republican: Doug Lamborn, who has held the seat since 2007. Two Democrats, Jillian Freeland and George English, also are in the race.

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 “There’s a heck of a lot of work to do as we work to drive straight up the middle between the two extremes already represented in the 2020 Congressional race," Keltie said in a statement. "And Bill’s experience will come in handy as we knock on doors, make phone calls and do all the other zillion things it takes to show my neighbors that I deserve their vote in 2020.”

The organized attained minor party status in Colorado in 2017 by registering 1,000 members. It joined the Libertarian Party, the Green Party and the American Constitution Party with the ability to put candidates on the ballot.

Hammons thanked Keltie for taking him up on his offer to be her campaign director.

“I’ve claimed the label of ‘ColoTexan’ to sum up the fact that I’ll be flying back and forth between Texas and Colorado for the foreseeable future, but rest assured I’ll be in the Springs full-time to make the most of the Uniter campaign of many with the most potential,” he said.

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