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Democrat Joe Neguse wins endorsement from Congressional Progressive Caucus

Author: Ernest Luning - January 23, 2018 - Updated: January 23, 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)

Democratic congressional candidate Joe Neguse is one of nine candidates nationwide to win support from the Congressional Progressive Caucus in its first round of endorsements, his campaign announced Monday.

Neguse, a former University of Colorado regent from the 2nd Congressional District, is one of three Democrats running for the seat held by Democrat Jared Polis, who has represented the district for five terms and is a candidate for governor. If elected, the 33-year-old attorney would be the first African-American member of Congress from Colorado and one of the youngest members of the House of Representatives.

“The Congressional Progressive Caucus is excited about Joe Neguse’s historic candidacy in Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District and proud to endorse him,” said caucus co-chair U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, a Wisconsin Democrat. “Joe is a progressive leader and public servant who will be a critical advocate in the fight for a Medicare-for-all healthcare system, a $15 minimum wage, and many other progressive policies that will help us build a more just society.”

The caucus, formed in 1991, boasts 75 House members and one senator, all Democrats, including U.S. Reps. Raul Grijalva of Arizona and Pramila Jayapal of Washington.

Neguse said he was honored and humbled to receive the endorsement and “to join them in the fight for economic justice, civil rights, and progressive values.”

He’s also been endorsed by leaders of the Congressional Black Caucus and that group’s political action committee, as well as the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund, Democracy for America, the End Citizens United PAC.

The two other Democrats running in the district, Nederland Mayor Kristopher Larsen and former Boulder County Democratic Party Chair Mark Williams, are petitioning onto the June 26 primary ballot, while Neguse plans to go through the caucus and assembly process, which commences at precinct caucuses on March 6.

Peter Yu is the only Republican to have declared a candidacy for the 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.