Opening Day Susan Beckman
State Rep. Susan Beckman, R-Littleton, on Opening Day of the Colorado General Assembly at the State Capitol on Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, in Denver.

Beckman, one of the only Republicans to survive November’s Democratic wave election in suburban Arapahoe County, told Colorado Politics her experience “on the ground,” coupled with her expertise running large organizations, qualifies her to lead the party ahead of the crucial 2020 elections.

Beckman, a former Arapahoe County commissioner and Littleton City Council member, said she decided to run before current state Republican chair Jeff Hays announced on Friday that he won’t seek a second two-year term.