Three military veterans are announcing Tuesday they’re running as Democrats against Republican incumbents.
Butner has made San Diego his home for a decade and, like Marine Corps reservist Hunter, served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
But his district is reliably Republican and he won re-election in 2016 with 63.5 percent of the vote.
In Pennsylvania's 6th Congressional District, Chrissy Houlahan, an Air Force veteran, announced she would challenge Rep. Ryan Costello.
In her announcement, Houlahan criticized President Donald Trump and cited her military experience.
“I welcome the opportunity to bring our shared values — actual American values — together with our commitment to families, education, our veterans, and smart business solutions to the district,” she said.
But that makes it no less of a heavy lift for Houlahan, since Costello won his district last year by more than 14 points.
And in Colorado’s 6th District, Retired Army Ranger Jason Crow announced he would challenge Rep. Mike Coffman.
The district has long been eyed by Democrats. While Clinton won the district, Coffman won the district by more than eight points.
Both Costello and Coffman’s district were targeted by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in a list released in January..