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Denver GOP congressional candidate welcomes Dems on citizenship issue

Author: Joey Bunch - May 21, 2018 - Updated: May 30, 2018

Casper StockhamCasper Stockham (Photo courtesy of the campaign, via Facebook)

Republican congressional candidate Casper Stockham thinks Democrats are coming around to his way of thinking.

The 1st Congressional District candidate said he when he ran the first time against Democratic incumbent Diana DeGette 2016, eventually getting 28 percent of the vote, he proposed a Planting Seeds of Purpose platform that would restore citizenship for criminals in non-violent cases, once they complete the sentence and probation.

Now, he cites a May 12 joint appearance by Democratic gubernatorial candidates Donna Lynne, Jared Polis, Cary Kennedy and Mike Johnston at a forum organized by NAACP Denver, Aurora NAACP-CO-MT-WY State Conference, Colorado Black Women for Political Action and the Colorado Black Leadership Caucus.

“Last week all four Democratic governor candidates announced to the NAACP and CBWPA group that they would support such a measure,” Stockham said in a statement. “Now it’s time for them to put it in writing. If elected to represent Colorado’s CD-1, I will sponsor this bill in the U.S. House of Representatives. The Republican Party started the freedom process over 150 years ago and now it’s time to complete the work.

“I welcome the Democratic and Republican Party’s (sic) support on this initiative.”

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.