Colorado’s Longmont Times Call and Boulder Daily Camera Newspapers each covered the announcement, September 8, for Mark William’s run for Colorado’s U.S. Congressional District 2. Read the original articles written by John Fryar (Times Call or Daily Camera).
Former Boulder County Democratic Party Chairman Mark Williams has announced that 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,” he 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 said his private-sector experience includes having served as vice president and director levels in the data technology industry and as chief executive officer of Dynamic Human Solutions, a high-performance mental fitness group.
Williams is seeking to succeed incumbent U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, a Boulder Democrat who is running for governor rather than seeking re-election to Congress.
Williams’ announcement sets up at least a three-way contest for the Democratic Party nomination of a candidate to represent the party in next year’s general election for the 2nd Congressional District seat.
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 congressional post.
“I wanted to step up and offer a fresh choice to those who feel that politics and politicians have failed them,” Williams said in his announcement. “It’s time to level the playing field.”
As of Thursday, the Federal Election Commission’s website did not identify any Republicans as having filed their candidacy papers for the 2nd Congressional District seat yet. One independent, Nicholas Thomas, of Boulder, is listed by the FEC as a candidate.
The 2nd Congressional District is a multiple-county district that includes all of Boulder County other than the northeast county Longmont area — which is in the 4th District — all of Larimer County and all or parts of Broomfield, Clear Creek, Eagle, Gilpin, Grand, Jefferson, Park and Summit counties.