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Democratic congressional candidate Joe Neguse tops $400,000 in fundraising for the year

Author: Ernest Luning - February 1, 2018 - Updated: February 1, 2018

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Joe Neguse, executive director of the state Department of Regulatory Agencies and a former CU regent, addresses Colorado Democrats at the party's biennial reorganization meeting on Saturday, March 11, 2017. On Tuesday, June 13, 2017, he declared he's running for Congress in the 2nd District. (Photo by Ernest Luning/Colorado Politics)Democratic congressional candidate Joe Neguse, then-executive director of the state Department of Regulatory Agencies and a former CU regent, addresses Democrats at the party’s biennial reorganization meeting on Saturday, March 11, 2017. (Photo by Ernest Luning/Colorado Politics)

Democrat Joe Neguse reported Wednesday his campaign to represent Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District brought in $161,761 in the final quarter of 2017, bringing his total donations for the year to just over $404,794.

The former University of Colorado regent and executive director of Colorado’s Department of Regulatory Agencies had $278,218 on hand at the end of December after spending $57,629 during the quarter. According to a report filed with the Federal Election Commission, his campaign raised the funds from 653 individual donors.

Campaign finance reports for congressional candidates were due at midnight Wednesday.

“I am running for Congress because the American Dream is under attack,” Neguse said in a statement. “We need a new Congress that will fight to build opportunities, protect our environment, and stand up for working families. Without the thousands of tremendous supporters that our campaign has in the 2nd District and across our state, none of this would be possible.”

If he wins in November, the 33-year-old son of Eritrean immigrants will be the first African-American Colorado voters have sent to Congress.

Neguse is facing two Democrats in the primary — former Boulder Democratic Party Chairman Mark Williams and Nederland Mayor Kristopher Larsen. Also running for the seat are Republican Peter Yu, Libertarian Todd Mitchem and unaffiliated candidate  Nicholas Thomas.

The 2nd District includes Boulder, Larimer and Broomfield counties, along with all or portions of Jefferson, Clear Creek, Eagle, Gilpin, Grand, Summit and Park counties. It hasn’t been represented by a Republican since 1974, several boundary configurations ago.

Williams reported raising $18,170 for the quarter and had $9,880 on hand. Larsen raised $12,957 and had $10,494 in the bank.

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. Since 2009, he has been the senior political reporter and occasional editor for The Colorado Statesman.