Former state Senator Gail Schwartz, of Crested Butte, is seeking U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton’s seat | SteamboatToday.com

Former state Senator Gail Schwartz, of Crested Butte, is seeking U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton’s seat

Gail Schwartz Democratic Candidate for Congress

— Former two-time Colorado state senator Gail Schwartz, of Crested Butte, announced April 8 her candidacy for Congress in Colorado's 3rd Congressional District. She will vie with fellow Democrat, Steve Sheldon, of Gypsum, for the right to oppose incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton (R-Cortez) in the November election.

"As a proven champion for rural communities, I have fought to make western and southern Colorado the best place to work, raise a family and educate our children," Schwartz said in a prepared statement. "As a public servant, I reached across the aisle to forge bipartisan consensus, such as sponsoring the bill that brought the best schools to rural Colorado. I know we can bring this same common sense leadership to a broken Congress."

Schwartz was in Steamboat Springs in September 2011 as co-chair of the state legislature's Interim Water Resources Review Committee to listen to views of area residents on the state's water future.

Former U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, of Colorado's San Luis Valley, endorsed Schwartz's candidacy, describing her efforts to build new schools, protect seniors and take care of veterans as "transformative."

For more information on Schwartz’s campaign, visit her Facebook page at facebook.com/gailforcongress.