Vic Meyers, the Democratic candidate for the 4th Congressional District seat, announced Monday that he’s named two political veterans to lead his campaign.
According to a news release from Meyers’ campaign office, Colin Kraus of Denver will be the campaign manager, and Peter Brown, a Fort Collins native, will coordinate the campaign’s direct mail and telephone outreach programs.
Kraus earned his degree in ethnic studies from the University of Oregon in 2010, and his early political organizing experience includes being a volunteer immigration advocate for CAUSA, an immigration advocacy group out of Oregon, and volunteer advocacy with Alameda County Food Bank of Oakland, Calif.
Brown is a founding partner of BrownMillerGroup, based in New York City.
Meyers, 45, said that Brown is a leading political and communications strategist with more than a decade of experience managing high profile political campaigns in the U.S. and abroad, including several in Colorado.
Meyers said Brown and Kraus will work closely together to implement an expanded grassroots campaign designed to acquaint the residents of the 4th CD with the Trinidad resident and recruit volunteers to work with him on reaching voters.
“I’m counting on grassroots supporters to elect me as the U. S. Representative for Colorado’s 4th Congressional District,” Meyers said in the news release. “I don’t have the personal wealth or political party connections that congressional candidates usually have, but as a military veteran, I know the value of freedom.”
Meyers said he entered the race because he became frustrated with the inability of Congress to get anything done.
“And, more particularly, the failure of Cory Gardner to lead his party away from the Tea Party radicals,” Meyers said. “After learning about what my campaign stands for, and my desire to restore representation back to the people of this district, both Brown and Kraus came to me and said they wanted to work on my campaign. I’m happy to have them on board.”
Meyers announced his candidacy in Greeley in August 2013.
Meyers said in Greeley during his announcement that the current Congress is the worst in his lifetime. Meyers said he was frustrated about how the two parties don’t work together. He wants to see affordable health care and said family farmers are more important than corporate farmers who own Congress.
Meyers said he’s been canvassing eastern Colorado, getting to know the citizens and listening to their issues and their concerns.
Meyers, a father of three who is a case manager for the Colorado Department of Corrections in Trinidad, has never held a political office, although he did run for the Colorado State House District 44 in 1996, ’98 and 2000. He also served on the Trinidad School District 1 Board of Directors from 2007-2011.
Meyers will run against unaffiliated candidate Grant Doherty and the winner of the June 24 Republican primary election — either Weld County Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer; state Sen. Scott Renfroe, R-Greeley; Weld District Attorney Ken Buck or Fort Collins rancher Steve Laffey.
According to the first-quarter numbers reflecting fundraising efforts through March 31 from the Federal Election Commission, Meyers raised $16,338.