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Jared Polis Announces Run For Colorado Governor

DENVER (AP/CBS4) — Rep. Jared Polis is joining a crowded field in the race for Colorado governor.

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Rep. Jared Polis (credit: CBS)

The Democrat from Boulder who represents Colorado's 2nd Congressional District said Sunday he wants to see Colorado use 100 percent renewable energy by 2040 and provide free, full-day preschool or kindergarten for children age 3 and older.

Polis says President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement "was the wrong move."

"Frankly this is another reason why Colorado and the states (should) lead the way in renewable energy," Polis told CBS4 on Sunday.


Almost two dozen people are seeking the seat being vacated by Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper, who cannot seek re-election due to term limits.

Other Democrats include U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, former state treasurer Carry Kennedy and former state Sen. Mike Johnston. Republicans include Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler, former state legislator Victor Mitchell and Doug Robinson, a nephew of Mitt Romney.

Polis, one of the top five wealthiest congressmen, spent about $6 million of his personal fortunate to win his House seat in 2008. He said he plans to do the same as he seeks the nomination for governor.

Polis is beginning his campaign with a cross-state road trip Monday.

(© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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