Meet the three Democrats competing to overthrow Lauren Boebert’s seat in Congress

And while Pitkin County is known as a playground for the rich and famous, he said his part of the district faces the same challenges as the rest, from a lack of affordable housing to concerns over water supplies. . He thinks voters across the West Slope are driven by kitchen table issues — like inflation.

“Everything is too expensive: gas is out of control, health care. And having a strong background in business, I think I can add something to this conversation.

A dozen people – and a dog named Winston – showed up for a recent encounter outside a cafe in Montrose. If he makes it to Congress, Frisch said he wants to be part of the Problem Solvers Caucus and work across the aisle. As if to make the point, he warmly greeted Sen. Don Coram — who is running in the district’s GOP primary — when the two men met at the coffee shop before Frisch’s event.

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Democratic candidate Adam Frisch and Republican candidate Senator Don Coram pass each other in Montrose and greet each other.

Republicans may have the advantage based on the district’s past election results, but Frisch is optimistic. He thinks a moderate Democrat has a fighting chance against Boebert.

“There are a lot of people who are really frustrated – moderate, unaffiliated Republicans – who have already voted for her; they wanted to try a new face and take a chance,” he said. “And I think she disappointed a lot of people, and upset a lot of people, and embarrassed a lot of people.”

But while many attendees at Frisch’s event appreciated her moderate stance, Democrat Michael Hoffman fears that in this political climate, something more is needed – especially against an incumbent who has shown she can energize. the populist Republican base.

“I think it will take someone who is very charismatic and has a strong personality to go against Lauren’s (Boebert) strong personality,” Hoffman said. “People are looking for a strong personality, more than political stakes. And I don’t think people think much beyond that.

Alex Walker caused a stir with a scatological campaign video

Enter the third Democrat in the primary — Alex Walker, who took a page from Boebert’s social media playbook. When the political newcomer jumped into the race in early March, his launch video went viral because of its scatological theme (think: lots of shit, raining down on unsuspecting neighborhood residents from the sky).

Walker said he was worried about the direction the country was headed and wanted to help clean up the mess of the past political years.

“I’m running because people of my generation don’t step in and we need someone to make politics accessible to a new generation of changemakers,” the 31-year-old said.

The openly gay engineer focuses on issues such as affordable housing, creating better tech jobs in the district, and accessible healthcare.

Despite his late entry, Walker is optimistic, focusing on the number of unique impressions his social media offerings have achieved. But he did little to publicize a recent in-person visit to the district. A campaign stop at a Telluride brewery seemed to attract only a few people.

Democratic congressional candidate Alex Walker meets with voters in Telluride.

He said he was trying to attract donations from disenfranchised young voters nationwide. But while his intro video might appeal to the Tiktok generation, older voters, like Democrat Joel Ohlsen, had a different view. “I am concerned about his first introduction to his candidacy. It doesn’t seem to have been what most people would have, uh, kind of shone at.

Walker argues that to be successful, the Democrat in this race must gain national exposure to raise funds. He has the least cash on hand of the Democratic candidates, with just under $70,000 according to the latest campaign materials. Sandoval has just under $100,000, while Frish has the most in the bank, with just over $1.6 million, the vast majority of which he has loaned himself. They all trail behind Boebert, who has more than $2 million in campaign money.

Walker also draws another lesson from Boebert’s first run for political office: organizing many events for voters.

“She won by physically going everywhere,” he said. “Pretty much the only noble thing she did in pursuit of that seat was talk to voters. And that’s exactly what we need to replicate.

Sandoval and Frisch also travel miles in the district, which takes up nearly half of the state. And they all have their eyes fixed on the clock: the primary is now less than two months away.

A political sign for Democratic congressional candidate Sol Sandoval.

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