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Democratic county commissioners endorse Jason Crow in Colorado’s 6th Congressional District primary

Author: Ernest Luning - July 8, 2017 - Updated: July 10, 2017

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Democrat Jason Crow talks about his bid to unseat five-term U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman in Colorado's 6th Congressional District on April 18, 2017, in Denver. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)Democrat Jason Crow talks about his bid to unseat five-term U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman in Colorado’s 6th Congressional District on April 18, 2017, in Denver. (Photo by Ernest Luning/The Colorado Statesman)

Four Democratic county commissioners from Arapahoe and Adams counties have endorsed Jason Crow in his run for the 6th Congressional District seat held by Republican Mike Coffman, Crow’s campaign announced Friday.

The county officials throwing their support behind Crow are Adams County Commissioners Eva Henry, Steve O’Dorisio and Chaz Tedesco, and Arapahoe County Commissioner Bill Holen.

In a joint statement, the commissioners called Crow, one of four Democrats seeking the nomination, the best candidate for the district, which covers parts of Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties.

“He is a dedicated patriot, father and community leader who understands the needs of our community,” the commissioners said. “He knows what it’s like to struggle to make ends meet because he worked minimum wage jobs growing up and worked construction to pay for college. He knows what it’s like to serve his country because he’s served three combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. And he knows the tough challenges facing parents these days because he’s the dad to two young kids. Jason is running for Congress because his whole life had been dedicated to serving others. We’re endorsing Jason Crow because he’s always gone to the fight and we know he’ll fight for us.”

Crow, an attorney and Army Ranger veteran, served three combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan  and was awarded the Bronze Star for service in combat

“I am honored to receive the support of these dedicated public servants,” Crow said in a statement. “As I have traveled around the district, I’ve had the pleasure of working with them and discussing the needs of their constituents because change has to start at the local level. These commissioners are union members, veterans and business leaders who understand the needs of their communities. I look forward to working with them as we take on Mike Coffman, because the 6th Congressional district deserves a leader who will put their constituents first, instead of party politics.”

The other Democrats in the running for the battleground seat are attorney David Aarestad, a former candidate for the Cherry Creek School Board; Bernie Sanders supporter Gabriel McArthur; and Levi Tillemann, an expert in clean energy technology and former Obama administration official. Tillemann, who announced in May he was exploring whether to get in the race, is formally launching his campaign Sunday at an Ethiopian restaurant in Aurora.

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.


One comment

  • jm fay

    July 8, 2017 at 10:03 pm

    This guy doesnt even live in the 6th yet he is the best one for the job? The Dems just spent how many millions to try to win a seat in GA with a guy who also didnt live in the district so how does this make sense? and in case you missed it; the guy in GA lost.

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