Steve House won’t seek re-election as Colorado Republican Party chair

He’s not running for governor either.

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Colorado Republican Party Chair Steve House at the 2016 GOP watch party at the Double Tree Hotel in Greenwood Village on Nov. 8, 2016. (Jessica Taves/For Denverite)

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Colorado Republican Party Chair Steve House on Election Night 2016. (Jessica Taves for Denverite)

He’s not running for governor either.

Steve House announced Monday that he’ll focus his time and energy on health care policy and raising money for whomever is the Republican gubernatorial candidate in 2018.

“It is vital that after eight years of lost opportunities by Gov. John Hickenlooper that Colorado has a sound conservative leader as its next governor,” House said in a press release announcing his decision. “2018 is going to be a turning point for our state, and I want to ensure that as a party we do the fundraising necessary so that our general election candidate will win.”

House has been the chair since March 2015. There are at least two candidates seeking to replace him: military veteran George Athanasopolous, who lost a race against incumbent Democratic Rep. Ed Perlmutter, and El Paso County GOP chairman Jeff Hays.