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Lundberg defeats Weissmann in GOP primary in 2nd Congressional District

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Incumbent Polis will face veteran legislator from Berthoud

By Gabrielle Porter

Republicans in the 2nd Congressional District chose veteran politician Kevin Lundberg of Berthoud to face Democratic incumbent Jared Polis in the November election.

With all precincts reporting, Lundberg defeated Boulder entrepreneur Eric Weissmann 53.3 percent to 46.6 percent in the June 26 primary, in a redrawn district that added Evergreen, Conifer and other conservative areas to Polis’ formerly safe Democratic stronghold.

"I look forward to the next four months of what I hope is a fair and honest debate of the issues," Lundberg said when the primary result became final. "We're gearing up and getting ready to go."

As he turns his attention toward Boulder resident Polis, Lundberg said he hopes to court the unaffiliated voters of the district. However, he plans to maintain his campaign strategies, which have been fairly media-free.

"My policies don't change," he said. "Far too often, congressional races are decided by sound bites and TV ads."

Lundberg represented state House District 49 for six years before being appointed in 2009 to complete a term in state Senate District 15. In 2010, he was elected to a full term in District 15.

Lundberg has been the owner of Lundberg Productions, a video and media production service, for 31 years. He earned his bachelor’s degree in history and social science from Rockmont College, which later became part of Colorado Christian University. Lundberg went on to serve on CCU’s board of directors.

Lundberg was also appointed to the Colorado Commission on Family Medicine in 2000 by then-Gov. Bill Owens.

Lundberg said during his campaign that he was more socially conservative than Weissmann. He opposes abortion and advocates the congressional Defense of Marriage Act, which limits marriage to a union between a man and a woman. Lundberg helped found Christian Home Educators of Colorado in 1990, and is active in the Loveland-based Galilee Baptist Church.

Congressional redistricting following the 2010 census changed the political landscape of several Colorado districts, including HD 2.

Polis is seeking his third term in a district that formerly had liberal Boulder as its epicenter, but has shifted noticeably to the right with the addition of areas in Jefferson, Larimer and Summit counties. Evergreen and Conifer previously were in CD6, represented by conservative Republican Mike Coffman.

Voter registrations in the new district show the following changes, according to the Colorado secretary of state: registered Republicans in 2010 totaled 93,991; in 2012, 120,125. Registered Democrats in 2010 totaled 138,086; in 2012, 126,421.

“The Republican Party has a more optimistic shot at that seat than it has had in years,” said Don Ytterberg, chairman of the Jefferson County Republicans. “Redistricting brings in different people who are interested in running for office.”

During the pre-primary campaign, Weissmann claimed he was more electable than Lundberg when it came to facing Polis, and accused Lundberg of being a career politician “looking for a promotion.”

Contact Gabrielle Porter at Gabrielle@evergreenco.com or 303-350-1043.