Jay Inslee to seek 3rd Washington governor term after ending 2020 bid
WASHINGTON — Gov. Jay Inslee has announced he will seek a third term as governor of the state of Washington just a day after leaving the Democratic primary race for president.
Inslee, whose main platform for the presidency was combating climate change, tweeted Thursday “I want to continue to stand with you in opposing Donald Trump and rejecting his hurtful and divisive agenda, while strengthening and enhancing Washington state’s role as a progressive beacon for the nation.”
“That’s why, today, I’m announcing my intention to run for a third term as Washington’s governor. Join me,” he continued.
He ended his White House bid because, he said, it had “become clear” that he would not receive the Democratic presidential nomination.
Inslee has been Washington’s governor since 2013, and is currently the only Democrat running for that office.
Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson had said he was waiting for Inslee to make a decision on his political future before announcing whether he would consider running for governor, according to the Spokesman-Review. Ferguson said Thursday that he will support Inslee’s bid and seek re-election as attorney general. It would also be his third term as the state’s top law enforcement officer if Ferguson wins.
A few Republicans will also vie for Inslee’s office in a state that hasn’t seen a Republican governor since the last one left office in 1985.
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Inslee said in his announcement that he intends to continue working to fight climate change: “The state of Washington has provided the nation a roadmap for climate action, innovation, and economic growth. And we’re not done yet.”
This year, the state passed a 100%-clean energy bill that requires Washington’s energy to come entirely from renewable sources by 2045.