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Ernest LuningErnest LuningMarch 28, 20182min1266

NARAL Pro-Choice America, an abortion rights group and a leading progressive political advocacy organization, on Tuesday endorsed former University of Colorado Regent Joe Neguse, one of two Democrats running for the 2nd Congressional District seat held by U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, a candidate for governor. Neguse has also won the support of Nederland Mayor Kristopher Larsen, a former primary rival.


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Joey BunchJoey BunchDecember 31, 20173min1001

The Bernie Sanders-inspired advocacy group Our Revolution Boulder will be sizing up the candidates vying to replace Jared Polis in Congress at a forum next weekend.

The forum is next Sunday at noon at the Meadows Branch Boulder Library on Baseline Road.

At least four candidates running in the 2nd Congressional District have confirmed: former University of Colorado Regent Joe Neguse, Nederland Mayor Kristopher Larsen and former Boulder Democratic Party chairman Mark Williams, as well as independent candidate Nick Thomas.

Republican Peter Yu’s campaign said he would be out of town, but Our Revolution hopes to have a representative or a video from the candidate. Yu’s campaign kickoff party, coincidentally, is the next weekend, Jan. 13, in Loveland.

Colorado Politics told you this month that Democrat Ken Toltz has suspended his plans to seek the office. After Polis announced he would leave the seat to run for governor, Toltz was the first Democrat to say he might run, though not the first, by a long shot, to announce a formal candidacy.

“The purpose of this forum will to give the public a first-hand look at the differences between the candidates and to get a general idea of who they are, but it also will be taking place before January 8th, which is the secretary of state’s deadline to register with a major party in order to participate in their caucus, so we wanted to educate the public on how the 2018 system will work.”

Our Revolution started in August 2016, with its organizing event hosted on the University of Colorado campus by Buffs for Bernie, as in Sanders, the former Democratic presidential candidate. The organization gets its name from Sanders’ book.

The Boulder chapter is part of a national organization that claims three goals: “to revitalize American democracy, empower progressive leaders and elevate the political consciousness,” it states on its website.



Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirAugust 14, 20172min578

By any standard, Nick Thomas is the longest of long shots for winning Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District seat, which five-term incumbent Boulder Democrat Jared Polis, now a candidate for governor, will leave after 2018. Sure, Thomas is so far one of only two declared candidates for CD 2, but the other is Democratic rising star Joe Neguse.

Neguse is of course the presumptive favorite: Never mind his other attributes; Neguse is the only Democrat running in a district that only elects Democrats. Thomas is a proud unaffiliated voter. And even if fully a third of Colorado’s electorate is unaffiliated, an unaffiliated candidate is about as likely to win a congressional seat — or any other partisan elective office in Colorado — as is a member of United Russia (aka Vladimir Putin’s party).

As of Thomas’s latest filing with the Federal Election Commission, he had reported no campaign contributions.

But Thomas does have one thing going for him: He now has an official page on Ballotpedia, the Wikipedia of all things political. (Take care not to confuse him with the Nick Thomas who was an unsuccessful candidate for Arizona state Senate in 2012.)

So, in a sense, he has arrived. Now, about that fund-raising…

 


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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirAugust 4, 20174min342

So far, there are two declared candidates to replace 2nd Congressional District Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, who won’t seek re-election next year because he is running for governor. And only one of those two is a Democrat, which makes him not only the early favorite, by default, in the decidedly Democratic, Boulder-centric 2nd CD race — but also inevitably the recipient of not one but two union endorsements.

Democratic rising star Joe Neguse, who launched his congressional bid in June, picked up endorsements from Plumbers Local 3 and Pipefitters Local 208, a press release announced today. Here’s more from the announcement, issued by Neguse’s campaign:

“We need a truly progressive and bold leader in Congress now more than ever. That is why we are endorsing Joe Neguse for Congress. Joe will fight to protect our freedoms, and will stand up for middle-class and working Coloradans,” said Gary Arnold, Business Manager for the Pipefitters Local 208.

The press release noted:

… Joe supports progressive policies at the Federal level to support working families, including Medicare-For-All and the Raise the Wage Act. He also has been a champion for working families throughout his public service career, including as a CU Regent, where he fought for fair wage policies and to increase compensation for the University’s lowest-paid workers.

Neguse, a 33-year-old attorney and former CU regent, stepped down at the end of June as executive director of Colorado’s Department of Regulatory Agencies. Neguse also was the Democratic nominee for secretary of state in 2014, losing to Republican Wayne Williams.

So, how much clout do blue-collar union endorsements carry among the upscale techies and academics — as well as the under-employed baristas and unemployed guitar strummers — in college towns like Boulder and Fort Collins? Well, think of it as solidarity between two traditional — if very different — Democratic constituencies.

And it’s not like the unions were about to back the 2nd CD’s only other declared candidate, Boulder’s Nick Thomas — who is running as an unaffiliated.

As reported previously by ColoradoPolitics.com, other Democrats considering a run for the 2nd include gun-control activists Shannon Watts and Ken Toltz, Nederland Mayor Kristopher Larsen, former Boulder Mayor Shaun McGrath and Loveland resident Howard Dotson. Prospective Republican contenders — always a long shot in a district that hasn’t elected one of their ilk to Congress in 40-plus years — include former House Minority Leader Brian DelGrosso, former state Rep. B.J. Nikkel (both from Loveland) and former Fort Collins City Councilman Gino Campana.



Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirJuly 19, 20174min1004

You might say Nick Thomas is passionate about moderation. So much so, it inspired him to run for Congress as an independent.

The Boulder native launched his bid last week for the seat in Colorado’s Boulder-centric 2nd Congressional District — a decidedly Democratic expanse known perhaps for its independence though certainly not its moderation. Its very liberal, five-term incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Jared Polis won’t seek re-election because he is running for Colorado governor. Democrat Joe Neguse, executive director of the state Department of Regulatory Agencies and a former University of Colorado regent, is the only declared candidate so far from either of the two major political parties and, by default, the presumed frontrunner.

Yet, the district’s leftward tilt doesn’t appear to deter the Thomas, an unaffiliated voter who contends his brand of centrism has an appeal that extends well beyond the partisan divide and is as much in demand in Boulder as it is across the country.

He told ColoradoPolitics.com in an email Tuesday:

I have also been officially endorsed by a number of prominent national voices, such as MLK III and Ambassador Andrew Young, who believe that an Independent in Congress is what is required in this moment given the venomous discourse and our complete political gridlock.  We have not had a true Independent in the House in more than 60 years … but if anyone can send one the Republic of Boulder and the majority unaffiliated of CD-2 in purple Colorado has reason to do so.

Thomas’s newly minted website echoes that sentiment:

The bar has been lowered, time and again, on both sides of our political system. The two parties have devolved into fighting each other, rather than fighting for anything important. It is time for the moderate majority to step in. It is time to restore respect, sanity, and representation of the people to our government, rather than simply following the charge of party leaders. It is time for Colorado to send a changemaker to disrupt the status quo.

The site also pledges:

Nick will work to bring the partisan tribes back to the middle where we, the moderate majority, still live and prosper.

Thomas posted his announcement speech on his Facebook page:

As ColoradoPolitics.com’s Ernest Luning reported last week, other Democrats considering a run for the 2nd include gun-control activists Shannon Watts and Ken Toltz, Nederland Mayor Kristopher Larsen, former Boulder Mayor Shaun McGrath and Loveland resident Howard Dotson. Prospective Republican contenders — always a long shot in a district that hasn’t elected one of their ilk to Congress in 40-plus years — include former House Minority Leader Brian DelGrosso, former state Rep. B.J. Nikkel (both from Loveland) and former Fort Collins City Councilman Gino Campana.