KUSA - Former state senator Mike Kopp kicked off his 2014 campaign for governor Tuesday with stops planned at Red Rocks Amphitheater, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs and Pueblo.
He has reason to pack his schedule.
Kopp is entering the race after three GOP candidates already got their campaigns up and running: former Congressman Tom Tancredo, Secretary of State Scott Gessler, State Senator Greg Brophy.
In his campaign materials, Kopp advocates a leaner government, the repeal of Colorado's new gun control laws, and opting Colorado out of the Affordable Care Act.
"I would like to defend ourselves against the overreach of Washington DC. To me, it's just a critical issue. If the federal government is interfering and encroaching in our everyday lives, we have to have leadership that will stand up and step between an overreaching federal government and its citizens," Kopp said.
A former army ranger and hotshot firefighter, Kopp resigned from the state senate in 2011 after losing his wife to cancer.
He was GOP minority leader at the time.
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