DENVER, July 11, 2017 — Colorado State Senate Candidate Zach Neumann raised more than $53,000 from more than 300 donors in the first eight weeks of his campaign, an average of less than $200 per donation. Neumann, a Denver Democrat and a first- time candidate, recorded one of the strongest fundraising quarters for a state legislative candidate in recent history.
Neumann announced his candidacy in early May, over a third of the way through the fundraising quarter. As a late entrant into the fundraising cycle, he notably outperformed recent off-year, second quarter fundraising efforts, including those by Lois Court (SD 31 2015 Q2: $14,480.00), Steve Sherick (SD 31 2015 Q2: $37,491.46), and Rhonda Fields (SD 29 2015 Q2: $18,788.00).
Neumann is running to replace term-limited incumbent Irene Aguilar, and build on her record of strong, smart advocacy for the district.
“During the first two months of this campaign, I’ve gotten the chance to talk to my friends and neighbors about what we need to do to move Colorado forward,” said Neumann. “Our strong start gives us the chance to get the word out on the importance of protecting healthcare, building an inclusive economy, and preserving our environment here in Colorado.”
Neumann, who has participated in the ongoing ADAPT protests at Senator Cory Gardner’s Office, received praise from Hope Russell Moseley, an ADAPT member involved in the sit-in. “I met Zach for the first time while we were camped out on the floor of Senator Gardner’s waiting room, urging the Senator to vote no on Trumpcare. I believe there is a lot you can learn about a person’s character when you’ve spent hours protesting together. Colorado needs more leaders like Zach who are willing to show up and fight for healthcare.”
“We need new, progressive voices in the Democratic Party,” said Dana Miller, a Denver- based activist and early donor to Neumann’s campaign. “Zach brings much-needed energy and vision to an important race here in Denver. I was happy to see he has generated the excitement and financial support to immediately be a serious contender.”
Mark Gray, an early campaign supporter, and a former student of Neumann’s at CU Denver’s School of Public Affairs echoed these sentiments. “I got really excited when I first learned Zach was thinking of running for the State Senate,” said Gray. “Having seen him at work in the classroom, I think he’d be a thoughtful and effective lawmaker.”
Zach Neumann is a Democrat running for the Colorado State Senate in District 32. He is a lecturer at CU Denver’s School of Public Affairs and a social entrepreneur. He was on the team that designed and launched CareerWise Colorado, a statewide youth apprenticeship program. He also cofounded Tortuga AgTech, a Denver based startup that develops agricultural technologies. Previously, Neumann worked in community development in Africa and South Asia with the World Bank Group, served on multiple Democratic political campaigns, and spent time as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. Neumann has a BA from the University of Texas, an MPP from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and a JD from Georgetown University Law Center.