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Joe Neguse for Colorado

My faith in democracy and the promise of the American Dream have been shaped by my family’s journey to this country. As a first-generation American, I have been driven all my life to give back to our community, state and country because each has given my family and me so much. My parents fled a war-torn country in east-Africa over 30 years ago and eventually settled in Highlands Ranch, where my sister and I were raised. As hard-working naturalized citizens, they have never forgotten or taken for granted the freedom and opportunity this country gave them and their children. Their experience motivated me to be an active participant in our democracy at an early age, and to give back through public service. I’ve been honored to do just that as an attorney, public servant, and elected member of the CU Board of Regents, and it is why I am running for Secretary of State of Colorado.

All Colorado citizens have a stake in the direction of our state and each of our voices is important. As Secretary of State I will work to return integrity, transparency, and accountability to the office. Elections are the foundation of a representative government and are too important to be the victim of partisan games. I will work to ensure that all eligible voters can cast their vote and claim their stake in our state’s prosperous future. As a business attorney, I also recognize the importance of having a vibrant and positive climate for businesses, small and large, and I pledge to work to ensure that all who want to create a start-up business in our state can. By streamlining and cutting the red tape, utilizing and implementing cutting edge technological tools, and adopting the best practices of our peers near and far, I know we can make Colorado one of the best states to start and run a business.

I hope you will join my campaign. Together we can ensure that every Coloradan can participate in our wonderful democracy and that Colorado will continue to be a unique destination for innovation, civic engagement, and adventure.

Thank you,

Joe Neguse