Colorado’s Third Congressional District: A 24,000 Mile, Father-Son Journey
Running for Congress isn’t easy. When Adam Frisch decided to run in a Congressional District the size of Mississippi, he never imagined how vast and diverse the communities around him would be. A political newcomer with little name recognition, Adam and his son Felix set out across Western and Southern Colorado to share their message with voters. The result was a 24,000-mile road trip across every corner of the prettiest district in the country. The father-son duo visited everywhere from resort communities like Aspen, Telluride, and Ouray and conservative small towns like Nucla, Craig, and Del Norte, to the bigger working-class towns of Pueblo and Grand Junction. After talking to thousands of people from all over the state, Adam and Felix learned quickly how ignored rural communities felt in their state and country, and the extreme amount of political division that came with it.
Determined to restore a focus on rural America and civility to political dialogue, Frisch quickly became a national figure when he outperformed every Congressional Democrat in the country in the 2022 midterm elections, losing by less than a tenth of a point in a solidly Republican district. He credits this success to hard work from him and his son, their exhaustive time on the road, and the current dismay rural and working-class Americans have with politics as a whole.
Fresh off their incredible journey and months away from home, Adam and Felix fondly reflect on their time on the road, their father-son relationship, and what their experiences mean for both Colorado and rural America. In their hour-long conversation, Adam and Felix share the intimate details of their journey across Western and Southern Colorado and the broader insights they’ve gained along the way.
About Potbelly Perspectives
ACES’ Potbelly Perspectives speaker series features Aspen locals and visitors who share their exciting accounts of world travel and adventure through images and stories. This series provides an opportunity for community-building and story-telling that engages Aspen locals and visitors alike. Hot tea, cold beer, and light snacks will be provided.
Thank you to Aspen Brewing Company & Capitol Creek Brewery for their support!