Boulder Democrat Mark Williams announces bid for Jared Polis’ congressional seat

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

Read Colorado’s The Denver Post cover the announcement of Mark William’s run for Colorado’s U.S. Congressional District 2.  Find the posted article written by John Fryar at The Denver Post online.


Williams inclusion in the race could set up a busier-than-expected primary in the race to replace Jared Polis

By John Fryar

BOULDER COUNTY — Mark Williams, the former chairman of the Boulder County Democratic Party, has announced he is running for the 2nd Congressional District seat up for election next year.

“I’m not a career politician. I’m a public servant and a patriot,” Williams said in a news release. “I’ll fight for ordinary folks and the dream called ‘America.’”

Williams, who said he has lived in Boulder County for more than 25 years, is a retired combat veteran, having served as a U.S. Air Force pilot, intelligence officer and Reserve Officers’ Training Corps instructor. He is vying to replace U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, who is leaving the seat as he pursues a run for Colorado governor in 2018.

Lafayette Democrat Joe Neguse, a former University of Colorado regent and former executive director of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, and Loveland Democrat Howard Dotson also are announced candidates for the post.

As of Thursday, the Federal Election Commission’s website did not identify any Republicans as having filed their candidacy papers for the seat.

The left-leaning seat includes all of Boulder and Larimer counties and all or parts of Broomfield, Clear Creek, Eagle, Gilpin, Grand, Jefferson, Park and Summit counties. Neguse has endorsements from a big swath of the Colorado Democratic Party’s top names, but the inclusion of Williams and Dotson in the race — as well of the potential addition of other Democratic candidates — could set up a busier-than-expected primary.


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