Rep. Jared Polis enters race for Colorado governor

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U.S. Rep. Jared Polis is joining the race for Colorado governor. / Jared Polis

DENVER, Colo. — U.S. Rep. Jared Polis is joining the race for Colorado governor.

The Democrat from Boulder said Sunday he wants to see Colorado use 100 percent renewable energy by 2040 and provide free, full-day preschool or kindergarten for children ages 3 and up.

“I’m running to be your next Governor because I want to turn bold ideas into real results for your family. Colorado can lead the way into the future and, together, we can build an economy that works for everybody — not just those at the top,” Polis said in a statement released Sunday. “This campaign will be about big ideas and a vision for what we can accomplish together for Colorado’s future.”

Polis says President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement as well as what Polis called “all of the movement in the wrong direction” regarding oil, gas, coal and renewable energy, leaves him believing any progress will have to be made at the state level.

Due to term limits, Gov. John Hickenlooper cannot seek re-election.

Almost two dozen people are in the race for Colorado governor, including U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter and former Colorado State Treasurer Cary Kennedy.

Polis plans to appear at events throughout the state on Monday, June 12.

His first stop will be in Pueblo at Solar Roast Coffee from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., then he’ll make his way up to Colorado Springs from 12:30 p.m. to 1:20 p.m. at the Save-A-Lot Grocery Store off Academy Boulevard North to introduce his plan for an inclusive state economy.

He will also be making stops in Denver and Boulder.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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