Joe Neguse wins Democratic nomination for Larimer County, Boulder congressman (Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District)

By Eric Larsen (Coloradoan) |

FORT COLLINS, Col.― Joe Neguse rode a wave of party support and financing to beat Mark Williams for the Democratic Party’s nomination to represent Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District on the November ballot.

Joe Neguse jumped to an early lead with more than 66 percent of the vote in early returns after the 7 p.m. Tuesday close of polling. The Associated Press called the race for Neguse shortly after 8 p.m. Larimer County voted in step with the rest of the district, picking Neguse by a two-to-one margin in the early results.

Neguse will face Republican Peter Yu in the November general election. Yu was unopposed for the GOP nomination. Libertarian Roger Barris and independent candidate Nick Thomas are also on the November ballot.

Joe Neguse’s Story

As a 34-year-old son of refugees from Africa, Joe is not your typical candidate for Congress. But his family’s story, and deeply held belief that we need people from all walks of life to speak up and engage in our democracy, has motivated him to run for Congress and fight for Colorado values in Washington D.C.

Joe is an attorney, civic leader, and public servant who has spent his career fighting to expand opportunities for families across our state.  He has lived in the 2nd Congressional District for the last 15 years, and was honored to represent the people of the district as an elected member of CU’s Board of Regents.  He and his wife Andrea (who grew up in Broomfield) consider themselves incredibly lucky to call the beautiful City of Lafayette home, where they enjoy running on Boulder County’s amazing trails with their puppy Teddy (a pug-Aussie mix).

Over 35 years ago, Joe’s parents fled Eritrea, a war-torn country in East-Africa, and immigrated to the United States as refugees, eventually settling in Colorado, where he and his sister were raised. As hardworking immigrants and naturalized citizens, Joe’s parents never forgot nor took for granted the freedom and opportunities the United States gave them and their children. Their experience motivated Joe to be an active participant in our democracy at an early age, and to give back through public service. Read more of his bio here.

Source: ColoradoanJoe Neguse’s website
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