This weekend, Larimer County Commissioner Lew Gaiter announced that he would seek the Republican nomination in the 2018 gubernatorial race and will adopt the catch phrase “Moving Colorado Forward.”

In case you don’t live in Larimer County and don’t know who Gaiter is, he has been a Larimer County Commissioner since 2012. Gaiter was raised as a Democrat and his parents remain members of the Democratic Party, but told the Loveland Reporter Herald that his feeling that the Democratic party was anti-religion led him to become a Republican.

He also served as the president of Colorado Counties, Inc. He also has been highly involved in organizations such as Colorado Department of Human Services Child Fatality Review Committee, the Colorado State Board of Health, and the National Association of Counties.

Gaiter is a small business owner and has been involved in his community. He’s been married to his wife, Jeannette, for 35 years and has nine – yes nine – kids.

Gaiter joins fellow Larimer County Republican Joanne Silva and former state legislator Victor Mitchell in the race. Rumored to be considering a run are District Attorney George Brauchler, Colorado State Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, Colorado State Treasurer Walker Stapleton, and businessman Kent Thiry, who is apparently considering running as a Republican.

To learn more about Lew, check out his website here.