Second Congressional Democratic candidate Mark Williams delivers almost 2,000 petitions to the Secretary of State

Saturday, March 17th, 2018

Boulder – Working through the petition process to be placed on the June 26th primary ballot, Second Congressional Democratic candidate Mark Williams delivered to the Secretary of State almost 2,000 signed petitions Friday.  The required amount is 1,000.

“I am proud to have the support of voters throughout the district,” stated Williams. “These petitions are from almost every county and were gathered purely by volunteers. This just shows that the voters in the 2nd District want a say in who they select as their nominee.”

Williams is challenging Joe Neguse, who has come under criticism for being the establishment’s anointed candidate. More than a year before the June 26th primary, the establishment made their choice clear when Rep. Jared Polis decided to run for Governor. Williams, a retired USAS fighter pilot and a member of the tech startup community, who was then Chair of the Boulder County Democratic Party, and considering running, was told “it wasn’t his time.”

Recent national headlines such as: “DCCC Advised Candidates Not to Discuss Gun Control Policy Right After Vegas Shooting.”  “Progressives rage at DCCC after it attacks Progressive Texas Candidate,” and stories of the DCCC telling lawmakers not to support single-payer health care ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, show the meddling by the DCCC in the primary nomination process.

A recent story appeared in the Boulder Reporter ( citing complaints that the Democratic establishment selected the heir apparent a year before the primary.  Former University of Colorado Regent Jim Martin wrote in an Op-Ed to the Boulder Daily Camera, “’A Democratic bigwig showed an advanced state of tone-deafness by dictating that, ‘We have to clear the field for Joe Neguse’ — a full year before the primary.”

“We don’t need help from the DCCC and its billionaire donors and revolving door consultants to decide on issues and candidates here in Colorado’s 2nd District,” stated Williams.  “It’s called democracy, we got this.  We know our friends, family and community, and trust us, we got this.  We like our candidates like we like our values – strong – so we’re taking a stand for robust policies that address the needs of all Americans.  I believe these petitions are a strong voice for that process and I will rely on the voters in the 2nd Congressional District to make up their own minds.”

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