Kristopher Larsen

Five months ago, I joined the race to represent all of us in Congress. Then, and now, I felt it was time for a different kind of Congressman, one with a scientific background and experience who would tackle the critical issues facing us and build new policies based on data and evidence, not ideology. While I believe a scientist’s ability to analyze data and draw conclusions is desperately needed, I have to recognize that sometimes the data leads to conclusions we weren’t hoping for. In this case, the unavoidable conclusion is that it is time for me to end my campaign.


Clearly this is not how I dreamt my campaign would end, but it is made easier knowing that I will continue to fight for what I believe as mayor of Nederland, as well as across the County, State, and country. We’ll continue to lead when it comes to mitigating the effects of climate change and moving away from a carbon based society. We’ll continue to work to improve opportunities for everyone and ensure access to housing and a living wage. We’ll continue to defend our public lands against the corporate greed that threatens them. We’ll continue to work together to move forward on progressive issues for the good of all, not the few.


I can’t thank enough all the people that have helped me get to this point. I can’t even begin to express my gratitude to the hundreds of supporters that came out to events, donated to my campaign, or volunteered their time. The single best part of the campaign has been the people I have met across the district, people I wouldn’t have otherwise met. I’m grateful for the opportunity and am looking forward to many more conversations in the future.


--- Kris









Democratic candidate for Colorado's 2nd Congressional District

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Why Me?

What makes a scientist want to move away from the lab, get involved in politics, and run for office? 

For me it was a culmination of many things. Growing up in Boulder, I was exposed to the power of progressive ideas from the beginning. My parents exposed me to as much of the world as they could and instilled in me the importance of giving back. Protesting the invasion of Iraq while in graduate school strengthened my conviction that scientists have a responsibility to participate at every level of government. This belief led me to become the Mayor of Nederland, Colorado where I've been able to act upon these convictions and fight for wage equality for town employees and against the accelerating effects of climate change. 

Now those convictions have led me to ask for your support as I champion a truly progressive agenda in Congress. 

Though there are any number of issues that we face, four of my priorities are (see my Issues page for more details): 

01. Climate Change

Climate change is not a hoax, it is happening. We are causing it through our continued reliance on fossil fuels. The time is now to aggressively lead the way to a sustainable future.

02. Healthcare

It is disgraceful that our country chooses not to provide comprehensive health care for our citizens. We must adopt single-payer universal healthcare that includes dental and mental health coverage.  

03. Public lands

Our public lands, 65% of our district, must be preserved for all of us including the wildlife, not just a few well connected industries. They should be protected for all and managed to increase biodiversity and ensure the health of our forests. 

04. Democracy

The core of our democracy is in danger. Citizens United must be overturned, the money that drives politics today removed from the equation, and our basic right to fair and free elections defended.