Joe Neguse will be Fort Collins’ next congressman.
The Democrat from Lafayette won his bid to replace U.S. Rep. Jared Polis with 64 percent of the vote as of 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, over Republican Peter Yu’s 31 percent. He also faced Libertarian Roger Barris, who won 1.6 percent of the vote and independent candidate Nick Thomas, who won 3 percent.
The 2nd Congressional District covers Larimer and Boulder counties and includes Broomfield, Clear Creek, Eagle, Gilpin, Grand, Jefferson, Summit and Park counties.
Neguse, 34, will have a slew of highlights to add to his resume: He’ll be Colorado’s first African-American congressman, one of only a handful of first-generation Americans to serve in Congress, the youngest of Colorado’s nine Congressional representatives and one of the youngest members of Congress in the nation.
“With so much vitriol right now in Washington and our political system, we must remember that, while fear is contagious, so is hope.” Neguse said in a written statement. “Tonight, I am deeply hopeful for the future of our country, as we work together to rebuild our democracy.”
Neguse’s platform included supporting a single-payer Medicare-for-all type plan that Polis also championed in Congress, starting impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump and protecting undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children.
His parents immigrated to the United States from Eritrea, a war-torn African nation. After being granted asylum, they were naturalized as citizens. For that reason, Trump reportedly referring to nations in African as “s—hole countries” struck particularly close.
“How could I not (want to serve in Congress), when I think about my parents who immigrated to this country 35 years ago and how different their lives would be and my life would be if they tried to immigrate today,” Neguse said during the primary race. “Just fundamentally, everything is at stake this election.”