Democratic rivals vie for votes in two Boulder County-area congressional contests

Democratic primary: Congressional candidates

Campaign websites of the Democratic candidates vying for June 26 primary election votes in Colorado‘s 2nd and 4th Congressional Districts:

Second Congressional District:

• Joe Neguse:

• Mark Williams:

Fourth Congressional District:

• Chase Kohne:

• Karen McCormick:

Democratic voters living in most parts of Boulder County or in Broomfield — together with party-unaffiliated voters from those areas who decide to participate in the Democratic primary — can choose between the party‘s two candidates in the party‘s contest for Colorado 2nd Congressional District seat.

The two are attorney Joe Neguse, a Lafayette resident who‘s a former director of the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies and a former University of Colorado regent, and tech start-up entrepreneur Mark Williams, a Boulder resident who‘s a former Air Force fighter pilot and intelligence officer.

Williams, a former Boulder County Democratic Party chairman, said in his September 2017 candidacy announcement that “I‘m not a career politician. I‘m a public servant and a patriot. I‘ll fight for ordinary folks and the dream called ‘America.‘”

Williams said he decided to run because “I wanted to step up and offer a fresh choice to those who feel that politics and politicians have failed them.”

Neguse said in his June 2017 candidacy announcement that he was running for Congress “to work every day to resist Trump‘s disastrous agenda, to change the way business is done in Washington, D.C and to work hard to expand opportunity for all and to make sure that the next generation has a fair shot at their version of the American Dream.”

Also this month, Longmont Democrats, as well as Democratic and unaffiliated voters living in Southwest Weld County‘s Carbon Valley and the Weld County portion of Erie, can help determine which of two veterinarians advance to November‘s general election for Colorado‘s 4th Congressional District seat.

Those two are Castle Rock Democrat Chase Kohne and Longmont Democrat Karen McCormick.

A McCormick news release announcing her candidacy last July said she was “dedicated to protecting our environment, developing new decent paying jobs, serving our veterans, and protecting the personal freedoms of all Coloradans.

“She pledges to continue the health care discussion until we have a fair and sustainable system. She is passionate about supporting and strengthening our children‘s education,” her campaign‘s announcement said.

Kohne said in his own July 2017 candidacy announcement that universal health care would be his campaign‘s top priority.

“People in universal health care systems live longer, healthier lives—that‘s just a fact,” Kohne said. “But they also pay significantly less for health care, both per person and as a percentage of GDP (gross domestic product). Unless we get to a universal health care system, Americans will just continue to pay more and get less.”

Colorado‘s county clerks will begin mailing Democratic and Republican primary election ballots to voters this week , and completed ballots must be back in the possession of those county clerks by 7 p.m. June 26.

The winner of the Neguse-Williams 2nd Congressional District Democratic primary will join Broomfield Republican Peter Yu, Libertarian Roger Barris and Nick Thomas, a Boulder resident who‘s unafilliated with any political party, on November‘s general election ballot.

The winner of the Kohne-McCormick contest in the 4th Congressional District Democratic primary will join incumbent U.S. Rep. Ken Buck, a Weld County Republican, on November‘s general election ballot.

The 2nd Congressional District includes all of Boulder County other than the northeast county Longmont area — which is in the 4th District — all of Broomfield, and all or parts of Clear Creek, Eagle, Gilpin, Grand, Jefferson, Larimer and Summit counties.

The 4th Congressional District includes the Longmont corner of northeast Boulder County, all of Weld County, and all or parts of Adams, Arapahoe, Baca, Bent, Cheyenne, Crowley, Douglas, Elbert, Kiowa, Kit Carson, Las Animas, Lincoln, Logan, Morgan, Otero, Phillips, Prowers, Sedgwick, Washington and Yuma counties.

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