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Joey BunchJoey BunchDecember 31, 20173min1134

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.


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Ernest LuningErnest LuningDecember 18, 20172min977

Democrat and gun control activist Ken Toltz on Monday announced he's suspending his campaign for the congressional seat held by U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, who is running for governor. Toltz said in a release he's putting the campaign he launched in early October on hold to focus his attention on what he called a serious health situation in his immediate family.