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Newest candidate for the competitive 8th Congressional District joins a crowded field

Johnny Humphrey, a Northglenn Democrat and gay rights advocate, will become the seventh candidate to launch a campaign to represent the 8th Congressional District — Colorado’s newest and most politically competitive.

The Center on Colfax

Johnny Humphrey

Humphrey, who has served as director of inclusivity services at The Center on Colfax for three years, touts his commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion on his new campaign website. He is scheduled to formally announce his candidacy Wednesday.

The California native, who grew up in Kansas, will have to do battle with two better known Democrats in next year’s primary — state Rep. Yadira Caraveo and Adams County Commissioner Charles “Chaz” Tedesco. There are four Republicans also in the race, including state Sen. Barbara Kirkmeyer and Weld County Commissioner Lori Saine.

The lion’s share of the 8th Congressional District, which was just created this year in response to Colorado’s population boom, lays atop parts of Adams and Weld counties and covers heavily suburban areas along with farm and ranch land north of Denver.

The election will be held Nov. 8, 2022.