In other 2020 election news, former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper announced today he will seek the Democratic nomination for president. Hickenlooper served as the mayor of Denver before becoming governor. Hickenlooper oversaw a number of progressive policies in Colorado, including the legalization of marijuana. In 2017, he led a bipartisan effort with Ohio Republican Governor John Kasich to stop the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
He has been criticized by environmentalists for his relationship with the fossil fuel industry. In November, he stood against Proposition 112 in the midterm elections, which would have required companies to place new wells at least 2,500 feet from homes, schools, waterways and other areas designated as “vulnerable.” Hickenlooper joins a crowded field of 14 Democratic candidates and is the second governor to enter the race, following Washington Governor Jay Inslee’s announcement last week.