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Democrat Joe Neguse endorsed by abortion rights group in 2nd Congressional District primary

Author: Ernest Luning - March 28, 2018 - Updated: April 2, 2018

Democratic congressional candidate Joe Neguse addresses Colorado Democrats at the party’s biennial reorganization meeting on March 11, 2017. (Photo by Ernest Luning/Colorado Politics)

DENVER — NARAL Pro-Choice America, an abortion rights group and a leading progressive political advocacy organization, on Tuesday endorsed former University of Colorado Regent Joe Neguse, one of two Democrats running for the 2nd Congressional District seat held by U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, a candidate for governor. Neguse has also won the support of Nederland Mayor Kristopher Larsen, a former primary rival.

“Joe Neguse’s voice is needed in Washington to represent Colorado’s pro-choice values,” said Ilyse Hogue, NARAL’s national president, in a statement. “We know he will be a champion for reproductive rights, and we’ll work hard to get him elected.”

Neguse, an attorney and former executive director of Colorado’s Department of Regulatory Agencies, is facing Mark Williams, a former chair of the Boulder Democratic Party, in a primary. He said in a statement that he looks forward to “fighting alongside NARAL in the fight for reproductive freedom and protecting the right to choose.”

Nuguse was the Democrats’ 2014 nominee for secretary of state. If elected, the 33-year-old son of Eritrean immigrants would be among the youngest members of Congress and would be the first African-American sent to Congress from Colorado.

Williams has submitted petitions to qualify for a spot on the June 26 primary ballot and is also going through the assembly process. Neguse is just pursuing the ballot via the district assembly, which convenes April 13 at the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield on the eve of the Democrats’ state assembly at the same location.

Republican Peter Yu, a political newcomer, and independent candidate Nick Thomas are also running for the heavily Democratic seat.

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning

Ernest Luning is a political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has covered politics and government for newspapers and online news sites in Colorado for more than 25 years, including at the Highlands Ranch Herald, the Jefferson Sentinels chain of community newspapers and the Aurora Sentinel, where he was the city hall and cops reporter. After editing the Aurora Daily Sun, he was a political reporter and blogger for The Colorado Independent site. For nearly a decade, he was a senior political reporter and occasional editor at The Colorado Statesman before the 119-year-old publication merged with Colorado Politics in 2017.

One comment

  • Drew Kerin

    March 28, 2018 at 1:27 pm

    I guess “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” means nothing to Joe Neguse. NARAL Pro-Choice America is responsible for far more deaths than the NRA, Joe, but what’s a little blood on your hands, when there is money involved?

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