DENVER - Former Rep. Bob Beauprez is running for governor again.
Beauprez filed an affidavit declaring his candidacy with the Colorado Secretary of State's office on Monday. He made an official announcement Tuesday.
"After much prayer and consideration, as well as a humbling outpouring of support and encouragement, I have officially submitted my name as a candidate to be our next Governor," Beauprez said in a news release.
He is a late entry into a crowded field of Republicans looking to challenge Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper in November. Other candidates in the Republican primary are former Rep. Tom Tancredo, Secretary of State Scott Gessler, State Sen Greg Brophy and former State Sen Mike Kopp.
"Let me be clear: I have the greatest respect for the current field of Republican candidates for Governor. But Colorado deserves better than Governor Hickenlooper’s bankruptcy of leadership,” Beauprez said.
Beauprez won the Republican nomination for governor in 2006, but lost to Democrat Bill Ritter.
Beauprez's run has been widely expected. He is a former two-term congressman, but because Beauprez has run statewide before and is wealthy enough to fund his own campaign, he could be a formidable candidate.