3:37 pm - Wednesday August 16, 2017

Joe Neguse, CU Regent for Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District, Announces Candidacy for Secretary of State‏

 Today, CU Regent Joe Neguse announced his candidacy for Secretary of State.

“All Colorado citizens have a stake in the direction of our state and each of our voices is important. The right to vote and to directly participate in our democracy is far too important to be a victim of partisan games. This office especially must rise above politics and serve all the people of Colorado,” said Neguse. “As Secretary of State I will work to ensure that all eligible voters can cast their vote and claim their stake in Colorado’s future, and  will return transparency and accountability to the office.“

Neguse currently practices law as an associate at Holland and Hart, LLP in Denver, where he focuses his practice on employment, commercial litigation and election law, and was selected for inclusion in the 2012 and 2013 Colorado Super Lawyers—Rising Stars list.  In 2008, he was elected to represent Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District on the CU Board of Regents.

At a press conference this afternoon, Joe announced the support of elected officials and community leaders across the State, including U.S. Senators Michael Bennett and Mark Udall, Congressmen Ed Perlmutter and Jared Polis, Congresswoman Diana DeGette, former Speaker of the House Andrew Romanoff, Mayor Michael Hancock and Deputy Mayor and CFO Cary Kennedy.

“I’ve known Joe Neguse for nearly a decade — ever since we traveled the state together, in support of an Economy Recovery Plan called Referendum C.  Joe has brought uncommon talent, unshakable integrity — and unbounded energy — to every challenge he’s ever taken on,” said former Speaker Romanoff. “That’s why his colleagues and his constituents have entrusted him with positions of leadership.  It’s why I asked him to join our team at the State Capitol.  And it’s why I’m proud to support his candidacy for Secretary of State. Joe recognizes the importance of making government as transparent and as accountable as possible.  He will fight to ensure that every citizen has a voice in the electoral process.”

Neguse is a first generation American. His parents fled a war-torn country in east-Africa over 30 years ago and eventually settled in Highlands Ranch, where he and his sister were raised.  As hard-working naturalized citizens, Neguse’s parents have long valued the freedom and opportunity this great country gave them and their children.  Those same opportunities have inspired Neguse to give back through public service.

“Joe’s story embodies our belief in the American dream,” said Mayor Michael B. Hancock.  “The son of African immigrants, Joe has become a respected attorney and an elected representative in one of Colorado’s largest Congressional Districts.  He has taken on each new challenge with the integrity and passion I know he will bring to the Secretary of State’s office.”

A successful attorney, civic leader and public servant, Joe has worked hard to ensure that others have those same opportunities. “I recognize the importance of a vibrant and positive climate for businesses, large and small, and I pledge to work to ensure that all who want to create a start-up business in our state can,” said Neguse.

Lt. Governor Joe Garcia has also endorsed Joe Neguse for Secretary of State, stating, “The business community is thriving in Colorado and is helping the entire state rebound out of this historic economic downturn. The Secretary of State’s office has a responsibility to make it easy for people to do business here – helping us continue to attract new businesses and continue to grow our economy. With Joe Neguse as Secretary of State, Colorado will be the best place in America to do business.”

As a Regent, Neguse has worked to build consensus on tough issues, sponsoring several resolutions that received bi-partisan and unanimous support.  In 2011, he authored a resolution to make voter registration more accessible to students, an effort that was applauded nationally and which the Board of Regents approved unanimously.  In 2006, Joe co-founded New Era Colorado, a non-profit and non-partisan foundation aimed at fostering the involvement of youth in the political process. New Era Colorado has since registered tens of thousands of young voters across the State, and has been at the forefront in championing legislation to ensure fair and accessible elections.

“Voters all across Colorado know there is no such thing as an inactive or active citizen. We are all Coloradans and we should all be empowered have our voices heard,” said State Representative Crisanta Duran. “That’s why I am proud to support my friend Joe Neguse. I know that as our next Secretary of State he will administer elections evenly and fairly. “

Neguse lives with his fiancée, Andrea, in Broomfield with their puppy—a pug-Aussie mix named Teddy.

The following notable Coloradans have endorsed Joe Neguse’s candidacy for Secretary of State:

  • U.S. Senator Mark Udall
  • U.S. Senator Michael Bennet
  • Congresswoman Diana DeGette
  • Congressman Ed Perlmutter
  • Congressman Jared Polis
  • Joe Garcia, Lieutenant Governor of Colorado
  • Michael Hancock, Mayor of Denver
  • Wellington Webb, former Mayor of Denver
  • Speaker of the House, State Rep. Mark Ferrandino
  • Former State Treasurer Cary Kennedy
  • Former Speaker of the House Andrew Romanoff
  • Rosemary Rodriguez, Former Chairperson of U.S. Election Assistance Commission
  • House Majority Leader, State Rep. Dickey Lee Hullinghorst
  • House Assistant Majority Leader, State Rep. Dan Pabon
  • Senate President Pro Tempore, State Sen. Lucia Guzman
  • Former Speaker of the House Terrance Carroll
  • State Senator Jessie Ulibarri
  • State Senator Pat Steadman
  • State Senator Rollie Heath
  • State Senator Nancy Todd
  • State Senator Andy Kerr
  • State Senator Mike Johnston
  • State Senator Mary Hodge
  • State Senator Gail Schwartz
  • State Rep. Crisanta Duran
  • State Rep. Cherilyn Peniston
  • State Rep. Judy Solano
  • State Rep. Angela Williams
  • State Rep. Jovan Melton
  • State Rep. Mike Foote
  • State Rep. Joann Ginal
  • State Rep. Claire Levy
  • State Rep. Brittany Peterson
  • State Rep. John Buckner
  • State Rep. Jonathan Singer
  • State Rep. Dianne Primavera
  • State Rep. Dominick Moreno
  • Stan Garnett, District Attorney, 20th Judicial District
  • Pueblo County Commissioner Sal Pace
  • Clear Creek County Commissioner Tim Mauck
  • Summit County Commissioner Dan Gibbs
  • Boulder County Commissioner Deb Gardner
  • Boulder County Commissioner Elise Jones
  • Denver City Councilman Albus Brooks
  • Denver City Councilman Paul Lopez
  • Westminster Councilwoman Faith Winter
  • Former House Majority Leader Paul Weissman
  • Former House Majority Leader Alice Madden
  • CU Regent Michael Carrigan
  • CU Regent Irene Griego
  • CU Regent Steve Ludwig
  • Former Chair of the Colorado Democratic Party, Pat Waak
  • Former State Senator Dorothy Rupert
For more information about Joe Neguse please visit www.joeneguseforcolorado.com.

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