Summit County serves as venue for latest Congressional candidate announcement |

Summit County serves as venue for latest Congressional candidate announcement

Bob Comer, Republican candidate for the 2nd Congressional District of Colorado

The race for Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District has a new candidate.

Last weekend, Jefferson County Republican Bob Comer announced his intention to run against incumbent Democrat Jared Polis, of Boulder, during GOP assemblies in Summit, Eagle and Pitkin counties.

Comer, a natural resource ecologist and lawyer from Littleton, says he is running for Congress because the federal government is out of balance with Colorado values and priorities, according to a Comer news release.

“The American Dream is getting squeezed from all directions,” Comer told GOP county assemblies in Frisco, Eagle and Central City. “Recent college graduates can’t find work and those nearing retirement are realizing their nest egg is not keeping pace with inflation. The economy is not improving. It’s a stressful and uncertain time for many Coloradans.”

Comer, who has held executive roles in industry and government, says he thinks the country is headed in the wrong direction and deserves better leadership, in light of the ongoing recession and the Obamacare “debacle,” according to the release.

“We need elected representatives who will responsibly manage the federal budget instead of borrowing and printing money, we need Congressmen who will have an honest conversation about our entitlement system and we need leaders who will courageously protect individual liberty and economic freedom,” Comer said in the release. “I am entering this race to help restore balance and to preserve the American Dream.”

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The Polis camp had little to say about Comer’s announcement, citing that the Republican primary race includes Comer, George Leing and Larry Sarner. Polis won’t know who his opponent will be until after the June primary election.

“Jared is focused on working hard for the people of the 2nd Congressional District to build ladders of opportunity, so that all Coloradans can achieve their version of the American Dream,” said Lisa Kaufmann, a spokeswoman for Polis. “As an entrepreneur that started several businesses before being elected to Congress he is focused on supporting our small businesses and improving access to education for all.”

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