Election 2018Hot Sheet

Independent Nick Thomas submits signatures to run in CD2

Author: Joey Bunch - July 12, 2018 - Updated: July 13, 2018

Nick ThomasNick Thomas participates in Tube to Work Day in Boulder Wednesday. (Photo courtesy of Castner Photography)

Nick Thomas said Thursday he submitted more than 1,300 signatures to get on the ballot in November as an independent candidate in the 2nd Congressional District.

The Secretary of State’s Office still has to verify at least 800 of them as registered voters from the district for Thomas to stay in the race to succeed Democrat Jared Polis, who is running for governor.

Thomas said he’s confident he’ll have more than enough signatures, because he and his volunteers collected them, instead of relying on hired contractors who have caused problems for other candidates.

Joe Neguse is the Democratic nominee, Peter Yu is the Republican candidate, and Roger Barris will represent the Libertarian Party on the ballot in the Boulder-based district that’s leaned hard to the left for decades. Colorado Politics told you a year ago that Thomas was eyeing the race as an unaffiliated candidate.

In a press release Thursday, Thomas said he celebrated turning in his signatures on Wednesday by participating in Boulder’s annual Tube to Work Day, a fundraiser for the Boulder Homeless Shelter.

“And I’m excited to be back to work, knocking on doors and preparing for the upcoming debate with the other candidates vying to replace Rep. Polis,” he said in the release. “This will be a tough race, but I’m in it for all the right reasons, and I think Coloradans are ready for a young, nonpartisan newcomer who will go to Washington and represent the people rather than a party.”

He said the next district candidate forum is Aug. 29 at 6 p.m. at the Broomfield Auditorium sponsored by the Broomfield Chamber of Commerce.

“My campaign is gaining great momentum because it represents what most people truly want — choice and an effective, bipartisan Congress,” he said in the release.

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch is the senior political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has a 31-year career in journalism, including the last 15 in Colorado. He was part of the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 and is a two-time Pulitzer finalist. His resume includes covering high school sports, the environment, the casino industry and civil rights in the South, as well as a short stint at CNN.