Jared Polis enters race for Colorado governor

Jun 13, 2017

The list of Democrats wanting to be Colorado’s next governor is growing. Democratic Rep. Jared Polis of Boulder said he’ll run against his colleague Democratic Rep. Ed Perlmutter, along with other high profile opponents.


Polis is the latest wanting to replace Gov. John Hickenlooper, who is term limited. Former state treasurer Cary Kennedy, former state Sen. Mike Johnston and businessman Noel Ginsberg are also in the race. Colorado State University political science professor Kyle Saunders said he’s surprised Polis is running.


“This is a lot of talent to put into one race, there’s going to be some money spent here that doesn’t necessarily need to be spent competing among Democrats,” Saunders said. “Usually the party would have cleared the field for one of these really strong candidates.”


Saunders thinks at this point, Congressmen Ed Perlmutter and Polis are the likely frontrunners. Polis represents the 2nd congressional district, which includes Fort Collins, Boulder and parts of the Western Slope such as Eagle and Summit counties.