Sue Radford said she decided to run for the House District 49 seat when she learned that no on else was challenging incumbent Kevin Lundberg.
The Fort Collins Democrat positions herself as a moderate with a vision of promoting renewable energy production and better health-care coverage.
Lundberg, known for his efforts to get a heterosexual-only definition of marriage on the books, is seeking re-election for a third term.
The Berthoud Republican said he plans to pick up where he left off and pursue the creation of a state rainy day fund and the exploration of oil shale extraction in Colorado.
Radford said she would like Larimer County to become a hub for renewable energy production, particularly for wind and solar generation.
One of the ways to do that is fine companies that emit carbon dioxide and then invest those funds in renewable resource production.
“The only thing that is holding renewables back is this existing funding gap,” she said of the expensive up-front costs.
Radford said the state needs to encourage developers to build offices, houses and shops in the same vicinities.