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Missouri’s Jason Kander to headline fundraiser for Democratic secretary of state candidate Jena Griswold

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

Jason KanderFormer Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander delivers the keynote address at the Colorado Democrats’ annual dinner on March 11, 2017, at the Marriott Denver City Center. (Photo by Ernest Luning/Colorado Politics)

Former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, the president of Let America Vote and a 2016 Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate, will be the featured guest at a March fundraiser for Colorado secretary of state candidate Jena Griswold, her campaign announced Wednesday.

Kander and Griswold, who is challenging Republican Secretary of State Wayne Williams’ bid for a second term, plan to discuss voting rights at the morning event.

The first member of the millennial generation to be elected to statewide office anywhere in the country, Kander, 36, is an Army combat veteran who served in Afghanistan and has been mentioned as a potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate.

In a 2016 campaign ad considered one of the best in the cycle, the blindfolded Kander assembles an AR-15 rifle while talking about his support for gun rights and background checks “so that terrorists can’t get their hands on one of these.” He lost the election to the Republican incumbent, U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, by less than 3 points the same night President Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton by 19 points.

The fundraiser is 9:30-10:30 a.m. on March 12 in Denver. Tickets range from $30 up to the maximum allowable contribution of $1,150. Donors who dig deep can attend a private reception with Kander.

Kander delivered last year’s keynote address at the Colorado Democratic Party’s 84th Annual Dinner.

Griswold, a 33-year-old attorney, worked on President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign on voting rights matters and later served as director of Gov. John Hickenlooper’s office representing state interests in Washington, D.C.

Democrat Phillip Villard, a political newcomer, is also running for the office.

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.