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.