Republican state Rep. Al White, who currently represents District 56, announced Monday that he will run for re-election in District 57.
Because of redistricting, the new District 57 is similar to the current District 56, with some exceptions. Both include Routt County as well as White's hometown of Winter Park.
The boundaries of the new District 57 include Grand, Routt, Moffat, Jackson and Rio Blanco counties. A section of Garfield County west of Rifle is also part of the district.
Eagle County, home of Vail, is in District 56, but not in District 57.
White, who defeated local rancher Jay Fetcher in 2000, has won praise for his first term in the House. He sponsored the bill that allowed schools to increase property taxes to pay for a cost of living increase for teachers. Steamboat voters passed the increase in November.
White passed all of the bills he carried and won the Spirit of the West award as the freshman legislator of the year.
"In my first term I have demonstrated an ability to identify issues and concerns of importance to my district, and more importantly, I have proven I can effectively tackle these problems on behalf of the citizens of the Western Slope," White said.
Terry Carwile, a Democrat from Moffat County, has announced that he plans to challenge White for the seat.