Ryan Frazier for U.S. Senate

Ryan Frazier, an Aurora City Councilman who has been making the rounds at Republican political events over the last few months, filed paperwork this week with the Federal Election Commission establishing an exploratory committee for his potential candidacy for the U.S. Senate in 2010. The charismatic campaigner made his announcement April 15 in Grand Junction at one of several ‘tea parties’ held around the state as part of a coordinated nationwide effort to protest federal spending by the Obama administration.

“We have an amazing opportunity to create economic prosperity, reform our government, and build a better future,” Frazier told the large crowd. “I stand before you to do my part.”

Frazier, who hopes to capture the Republican nomination and unseat Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet in 2010, was elected to the Aurora City Council as an at-large member in 2003 and re-elected in 2007.

He is also a business partner in a small Information Technology business, Takara Systems that delivers web-based solutions to clients of various sizes throughout the world. Previously, he worked in the telecommunications industry with Avaya and the Aerospace industry with Raytheon.

He served five years in the U.S. Navy and is a graduate of Columbia College (B.A.) and Regis University (M.S.)

Frazier, 31, co-authored the hotly debated “right to work” ballot measure last year. Had it succeeded, Amendment 47 would have amended the state Constitution to say union membership and the payment of dues or fees could not be mandated as a condition of employment.

In a recent speech to the Arapahoe County Republican Men’s Club, which was recounted in the Feb. 13 issue of The Colorado Statesman, Frazier focused largely on Republican rejuvenation in the face of defeat in 2008.

“In recent years, it is safe to say we have strayed from our course,” Frazier told more than 100 party activists and elected officials. “I think it is our responsibility to

return back to a true course, to run our ship, to get back on track. ... It’s going to RYAN FRAZIER FOR U.S. SENATE take a new generation of leadership to join

our elder statesmen and stateswomen to lead our party forward.”

According to Frazier, recent Republican losses can be explained by the party’s tenuous hold on its principles and its failure to reach voters consistently in meaningful ways.

“Ultimately, we have to connect with people on things that matter — on pocketbook issues, safe communities, a government that works, taking care of our children and our seniors and American innovation,” he said. “When we connect, we win.”

When Frazier, a married father of three, was asked about his proudest accomplishments, the speaker was quick to mention the Academy at High Point, an Aurora charter school he helped found three years ago. When asked specifically about public policy, the councilman stressed his style and approach over specific initiatives.

“I pride myself on being the voice of the people, more than anything else, more than ordinances I supported or a policy I advocated for,” he said. “What has been most important is being a reasonable, common-sense voice on the City Council.” (To view full story, go to: http://www.coloradostatesman.com/content/99772-fraziers-star-rises-gop)

At the recent Douglas County Lincoln Day Dinner, Frazier overwhelmingly won an informal straw poll of possible Senate candidates with 60 percent, beating out Dan Caplis who received 20 percent, Bob Beauprez with 13 percent, Weld County DA Ken Buck, who won 5 percent of the vote, and Cleve Tidwell, who trailed with 2 percent.

Bennet, who was appointed to fill the term of Sen. Ken Salazar who moved to the Dept. of Interior earlier this year, recently reported raising almost $1.4 million in contributions in the first quarter of this year.