Local Unions Announce Support for Joe Neguse

August 4th, 2017

The Plumbers Local 3 and Pipefitters Local 208 endorse Joe Neguse’s campaign for Congress

Boulder, CO — Today, Joe Neguse, former CU Regent for the 2nd Congressional District, announced he has earned endorsements from two prominent Colorado unions, the Plumbers Local 3 and the Pipefitters Local 208. Neguse is running to succeed Congressman Jared Polis in Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District.

“We need a truly progressive and bold leader in Congress now more than ever. That is why we are endorsing Joe Neguse for Congress. Joe will fight to protect our freedoms, and will stand up for middle-class and working Coloradans,” said Gary Arnold, Business Manager for the Pipefitters Local 208.

Joe has also gained the support of the Plumbers Local 3, and many local progressive leaders, including the entire Democratic state-legislative delegations of Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Gilpin, Summit, Grand, and Larimer Counties, the mayors of both Boulder and Lafayette, and the former mayor of Fort Collins.  Joe supports progressive policies at the Federal level to support working families, including Medicare-For-All and the Raise the Wage Act. He also has been a champion for working families throughout his public service career, including as a CU Regent, where he fought for fair wage policies and to increase compensation for the University’s lowest-paid workers.

“I’m honored to have the support of the men and women of Plumbers Local 3 and Pipefitters Local 208, and to join them in their fight for higher wages and better working conditions for workers across our state,” said Neguse.

If elected, Neguse, 33, would become the first African-American ever elected to Congress from the state of Colorado, and would be one of the youngest members of Congress. Neguse is an attorney who previously served as a member of the University of Colorado-Board of Regents, representing the 2nd Congressional District for six years from 2009 through 2015. He also co-founded New Era Colorado, the state’s largest youth voter registration and mobilization organization.