ENDORSEMENT WATCH | Joe Biden throws support behind Jason Crow in 6th CD


Former Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday endorsed Jason Crow, the Democrat challenging five-term incumbent Republican Mike Coffman in the suburban 6th Congressional District, citing the attorney and decorated Army veteran’s leadership background.

“From working his way through college, to serving our country overseas, to advocating for veterans back home, Jason Crow is a leader I am proud to endorse,” Biden said in a written statement. “We need more leaders like him in Washington, and Coloradans will have an easy choice this fall.”

Crow called it an honor to receive Biden’s endorsement.

“No matter where Vice President Biden has gone in politics, he has never forgotten to put people first,” Crow said in a written statement. “He’s a model for the kind of servant leadership I believe we need to bring back to Washington, and I’m honored to stand with him as I make my case this fall.”

Biden, who represented Delaware for six terms in the Senate and was twice elected vice president, is moving toward a presidential run in 2020. Earlier this summer, he endorsed 2nd Congressional District candidate Joe Neguse and Jena Griswold, the Democratic nominee for secretary of state.

The battle for the 6th District seat, which covers parts of Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties, is listed as a toss-up by political prognosticators and is on track to be Colorado’s most expensive congressional race this cycle. Libertarian Kat Martin and unaffiliated candidate Dan Chapin are also running in the district, although Chapin had yet to qualify for the ballot at press time.

Here are some of the other recently announced Colorado candidate endorsements:

• The state’s largest LGBTQ advocacy group, One Colorado, is backing the Democratic nominee for governor, U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, who would be the state’s first openly gay governor if elected in November.

Daniel Ramos, the organization’s executive director, said in a statement that Polis’ work in Congress demonstrates that he’s a champion for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Coloradans.

“During his first term as a congressman, Jared led the passage of a ground-breaking LGBTQ-inclusive hate crime law, which closed gaps by making crimes committed based on a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity a hate crime,” Ramos said, adding that Polis has sponsored federal legislation that mirrors Colorado’s protection for LGBTQ residents.

“Jared has represented the Colorado values of freedom and equality for all in Washington, and I know as governor, Jared will be a pro-equality champion who will work to continue Colorado’s progress towards being a more fair and just state for LGBTQ Coloradans and their families.”

• Calling her a “longtime champion of worker’s rights,” the 2,700-member Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1001 endorsed RTD board candidate JoyAnn Ruscha, a candidate for the open northeast Denver District B seat in the nonpartisan race.

“She believes that the role of an RTD director is to take the initiative to lead. We know that she will be a strong advocate for RTD’s frontline employees and their families,” Julio Rivera, the local union’s president and business agent, said in a written statement. “JoyAnn will represent all hardworking people. As director, she will fight against fare increases, advocate for seniors and people with disabilities, and push to restore cut services to underserved neighborhoods. We are proud to endorse JoyAnn and we will work hard to see a victory in November.”

Ruscha said she was proud to stand with “the men and women that get us to work and to school, drive us home safely on a Friday night, give us directions when we’re lost and lend a hand when we need it.”

• Stephany Rose Spaulding, the Democratic nominee challenging Republican U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn in the 5th Congressional District, won endorsements from New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro’s political action committee.

“Stephany, I believe in you!” Booker, a potential 2020 presidential candidate, said in a handwritten note to Spaulding, her campaign said, adding that his leadership PAC also sent her a donation.

Spaulding was among 64 candidates endorsed by Castro’s PAC, which is backing candidates for federal, state and local offices.

“The candidates we’re supporting this November represent the future of the Democratic party and showcase our collective vision for creating pathways to opportunity for all Americans,” Castro said in a written statement. “Each candidate has an agenda for their communities that will spur economic progress, protect our most sacred rights and be a model for inclusive leadership.”

Spaulding called Castro and Booker “public servants who put the concept of ‘people over politics’ into practice” and said she felt “privileged to follow in their footsteps.”

If elected, Spaulding, who teaches women’s and ethnic studies at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, would be the first African-American woman to represent the heavily Republican Colorado Springs-based district.

• Teller County Commissioner Norm Steen endorsed Chance Hill, the employment law attorney and former CIA agent Republican running for the University of Colorado Board of Regents from the 5th Congressional District.

“Chance, a strong constitutional conservative, has made a point of regularly visiting voters in all five counties throughout the 5th Congressional District,” Steen said in a written statement. “And he has been working very hard to earn peoples’ votes and earnestly hear their concerns and insights. Chance understands that a thriving (University of Colorado – Colorado Springs) is critical to the economic infrastructure of all of southern Colorado — and he sincerely cares about serving his future constituents throughout the entire district. He also is a strong communicator with a natural charisma that resonates well with people. But make no mistake: He is a fierce advocate when needed, and he will fight hard to serve the best interests of our district.”

Hill is running against Democrat Tony Wolusky for the open seat.


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