Former Arvada political candidate files for Congressional District 8 race despite active warrant

Joshua Jered Rodriguez launches campaign website, lists Arvada address on FEC paperwork

Rylee Dunn
rdunn@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 2/15/22

A man who has previously ran for mayor in Arvada has declared his candidacy in the 2022 Congressional District 8 race despite facing an active arrest warrant stemming from multiple felony …

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Former Arvada political candidate files for Congressional District 8 race despite active warrant

Joshua Jered Rodriguez launches campaign website, lists Arvada address on FEC paperwork

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A man who has previously run for mayor in Arvada has declared his candidacy in the 2022 Congressional District 8 race despite facing an active arrest warrant stemming from multiple felony charges.

Joshua Jered Rodriguez, 37, launched a campaign website with a donations page and signed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission on Feb. 4 listing an Arvada address that Jefferson County property records show was sold to a different owner in 2021.

Rodriguez was charged with nine counts of identity theft, one count of forgery and one count of cybercrime (attempt) in Oct. of 2020 and two counts of attempting to influence a public servant in Dec. of 2020 after he attempted to set up multiple fraudulent GoFundMe pages in the name of Julia Vitanyi, the moderator of the popular Arvada Neighbors Facebook group.

Rodriguez did not attend his scheduled court appearance on May 5, 2021 and a warrant for his arrest was issued on May 10, 2021. His whereabouts are still unknown to law enforcement as of Feb. 15.

Arvada Police Department Public Information Officer Dave Snelling said that anyone with information on Rodriguez’s location should contact law enforcement authorities.

“As with any of our cases, we work for our victims and hope that justice is quickly served in this case. Knowing that he has active warrants, local officials should be notified of his whereabouts,” Snelling said.

Rodriguez’s FEC filings list a northwest Arvada address that Jefferson County property records indicate was sold to Joshua Eskow in 2021. Eskow said that he has been living in the house since March of that year and was unaware that Rodriguez had listed it on his campaign documents.

“We found out from our neighbors that (Rodriguez) was under several federal indictment for white collar crimes. He seemed a little unpleasant because they were there when we did the inspection and he kept asking when we were going to be done, keeping in mind that you’re not supposed to be there during the inspection… he just seemed very standoffish,” Eskow said.

Eskow added that he was concerned that the similarity between his and Rodriguez’s name might cause confusion for law enforcement.

“With all the stuff in the news, I was concerned that since I have the same first name, that you know, you hear these horror stories in the news that the police come with a no-knock warrant or whatever, that was my concern; I bought the house, I have the same first name, and now this guy has warrants out for his arrest – I don’t want to be mixed up in the confusion since I have the same first name. Other than that, I haven’t thought about this guy since we bought the house,” Eskow said.

Rodriguez’s campaign website, joshuaforunity.com, and FEC filings entitled ‘Joshua Rodriguez for Unity’ are seemingly in reference to the Unity Party, a centrist third party that Rodriguez sought the nomination of in the 2020 Senate race. Rodriguez is not listed on the Unity Party’s webpage for current candidates.

Eric Bodenstab, the Unity Party's State Chair in Colorado said that Rodriguez had reached out to the party to express interest, but added that Rodriguez's interest was not in the CD8 race. 

"He reached out about running... he has some interest. We're a growing party and will look at pretty much all candidates. We don't have the field to choose from that the major two parties do, so we essentially give everyone a look," Bodenstab said. "(Rodriguez) did not reach out regarding CD8."

Bodenstab did not confirm which race Rodriguez had reached out about. He added that while the Unity Party's candidates will be finalized by their April 9 convention, Rodriguez will not be nominated while his legal saga is ongoing. 

"While the judicial process is pending, he will not be nominated by the Unity Party in April for any office," Bodenstab said in an email. 

Rodriguez did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

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