32nd District State Senate Candidate Zach Neumann Raises More than $53,000 in Eight Weeks

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.”

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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.

DENVER HERALD – Festival brings food and all kinds of fun to neighborhood

It was summertime and the living was easy at the fourth annual Harvey Park Improvement Association Summer Festival – but attendees didn’t need the Denver Municipal Band, who played the “Summertime” jazz standard, to tell them that.

“We do the festival to strengthen our community,” said Xochitl Gaytan, president of Harvey Park Improvement Association. “And to bring other communities to Harvey Park.”

Hundreds came to the July 22 festival at Harvey Park, which offered four food trucks, a Mexican snacks cart, DJed music, live music by the Denver Municipal Band and more than 60 booths by businesses and community organizations. Kids enjoyed the face-painting, colorful beach balls, balloon animals and a game that involved catapulting rubber chickens at a target.

Denver City Councilmember Kevin Flynn took part in that one.

Flynn, a familiar face in Harvey Park, said the festival gets bigger every year.

“The first year, we had (two or three) booths,” said John Robinson, vice president of HPIA. “It was humble beginnings.”

David Piacenti, an HPIA board member, said these days, it’s important to interact with people in person, and the festival helps people do that.

“I think right now, with social media being so extreme and intense, it’s important for people to physically get together,” he said, and see the “people in the community who support you.”

The community-centric event has grown from small beginnings to boasting a bustling park scene that included booths from political candidates in local races. Robert Rodriguez, a Democratic candidate for state Senate District 32, met festival attendees at a booth. Gaytan, a candidate for Denver Public Schools Board of Education District 2, also had a booth.

“Harvey Park is the heart of the district, so I wanted to come out and meet people in the community – and overindulge on food trucks,” said Zach Neumann, a Democratic candidate for state Senate District 32. “I think (the festival) represents the best of Denver – a bunch of communities coming together to have fun with family.

“It’s kind of a beautiful thing.”

Valencia Yazzie, a 27-year-old Harvey Park resident, and her husband came with their children after “driving by,” her husband said.

“So far the food” was her favorite part, Yazzie said. Her children enjoyed an activity with bean bags, she said.

For Helen Garrison, a 69-year-old neighborhood resident, the best part was taking everything in.

“Just walking around watching everything,” she said.

It was her first time coming to the festival, and she said she plans to come next year.

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