Colorado Rep. Jared Polis will announce his bid for Colorado governor this week, according to an interview.
“This is a campaign of big, bold ideas, and I’m trying to make them happen,” Polis told The Denver Post on Sunday. “We want a Colorado that works for everybody.”
Polis, a Democrat, is jumping into a crowded field. Four other Democrats — Rep. Ed Perlmutter, former state Sen. Mike Johnston, former state Treasurer Cary Kennedy and businessman Noel Ginsburg — are also vying for the position in next year’s election.
A number of Republicans are also running in the race, including Mitt Romney’s nephew Doug Robinson; George Brauchler, the prosecutor in the Aurora theater shooting case; and former state legislator Victor Mitchell.
Democrat John Hickenlooper, the current governor, is ineligible to seek another term.
Polis, who would be Colorado’s first openly gay governor if elected, told the Post his platform would focus on getting the state to 100 percent renewable energy by 2040, providing free access to full-day preschool or kindergarten for those 3 and older, and encouraging companies in Colorado to provide stock options to employees.
Polis tweeted Sunday that he would finish his term in the House.
"I currently plan to serve out my term to help the #resistance and fight Trump’s radical agenda," he wrote.