El Paso County Republicans have a new candidate in the race for Colorado’s House District 18 — and she’s got a long way to go to catch up to her opponents before the November election.

Mary Elizabeth Fabian was selected late last month by an El Paso County Republican vacancy committee, said GOP District Chairman Andy Colon. She will succeed Jillian Likness, who dropped out of the race barely a week after earning her party’s nomination in June, citing health complications.