Lauren Boebert Announces Plans to Switch Congressional Districts in 2024

Lauren Boebert Announces Plans to Switch Congressional Districts in 2024

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Decision was not an easy one, the lawmaker has said—it was made after ‘a lot of prayer, a lot of tough conversations, and a lot of perspective.’

Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) will be running for a different congressional district next year, the lawmaker announced on Dec. 27.

Ms. Boebert, 37, announced the planned switch in a video on Facebook, noting that she “did not arrive at this decision easily.”

The two-term representative currently serves the 3rd Congressional District, which spans Colorado’s Western Slope into Pueblo and southeastern Colorado.

However, she will instead seek to win Colorado’s 4th Congressional District, which spans Weld County, Douglas County, and all of eastern Colorado,  which is currently represented by Rep. Ken Buck of Windsor.

Mr. Buck announced in November that he would not run for reelection in 2024.

“Today I’m announcing my candidacy for the 2024 Republican nomination to represent Colorado’s 4th Congressional District,” Ms. Boebert began the video. “It’s the right move for me personally and it’s the right decision for those who support our conservative movement.”

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The lawmaker stressed the decision was not an easy one, adding that she chose to switch districts after “a lot of prayer, a lot of tough conversations, and a lot of perspective” which she said, “convinced me this is the best way I can continue to fight for Colorado, for the conservative movement and for my children’s future.”

Ms. Boebert won the 3rd Congressional District by just 546 votes last year in a close race against Democrat Adam Frisch following a recount of votes.

The 3rd District leans 9 percentage points in Republicans’ favor, while the 4th District has a 27-point Republican lean, according to The Colorado Sun.

Mr. Frisch, a former Aspen city council member who is running again next year, has so far raised over $7.7 million to Boebert’s $2.4 million.

In July, the Cook Political Report, based on Mr. Frisch’s strong fundraising, shifted its rating of Ms. Boebert’s current House district race from “lean Republican” to “toss-up.”

‘Personal Mistakes’

In her video announcement, Ms. Boebert alluded to a tough reelection race ahead of her in her current district and implied her departure would help Republicans retain the seat, saying, “I will not allow dark money that is directed at destroying me personally to steal this seat. It’s not fair to the 3rd District and the conservatives there who have fought so hard for our victories, for which I’m incredibly grateful.”

“Colorado’s 4th district is hungry for an unapologetic defender of freedom with a proven track record of standing strong for conservative principles,” she said.

Ms. Boebert also referenced her divorce from her husband of 18 years, Jayson Boebert, and her “own personal mistakes” which she has since “owned up to” and “apologized for,” appearing to reference her alleged inappropriate public behavior with a date at a performance of the musical “Beetlejuice” at the Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre in Denver earlier this year.

Ms. Boebert was caught on camera also vaping at the performance before being ejected from the theater. She has since apologized repeatedly.

 Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas on Aug. 6, 2022. (Bobby Sanchez for The Epoch Times)
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas on Aug. 6, 2022. (Bobby Sanchez for The Epoch Times)

The lawmaker said this year has tested her faith, strength, and abilities both as a mother and congresswoman.

“It’s been humbling, it’s been challenging but it also helped me grow,” she said. “I cannot put into words how grateful I am for everyone who has steadfastly stood alongside me in the 3rd District and across America. The relationships we have cultivated over the past few years are deeply cherished and unbreakable.”

Ms. Boebert lives in Garfield County, near the town of Silt, which is located hundreds of miles from the 4th District’s boundaries, according to The Colorado Sun.

However, under federal law, the Republican representative doesn’t have to live within the boundaries of the 4th District to represent it, only the state the district is in.

The lawmaker noted in her video on Dec. 27 that she plans to relocate to the 4th District in 2024.

“Personally, this announcement is a fresh start following a pretty difficult year for me and my family,” Ms. Boebert said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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