Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D), who is mulling entering the increasingly crowded 2020 Democratic presidential field, has scheduled an event for next week in Denver.
The Colorado Sun reports that Hickenlooper has registered an event with local officials for March 7 at Denver’s Civic Center park, which is being billed to supporters as a “celebration.”
The Sun also reports that several sources close to the former governor expect an official announcement to come in the first week of March.
Colorado political strategist Andy Boian, who has served as an informal adviser to Hickenlooper, told local news outlet KDVR that Hickenlooper will make an official announcement of his candidacy at the event.
“Hickenlooper is going to announce he is running for President of the United States at this event,” Boian told the outlet.
A Hickenlooper spokeswoman told the Sun earlier this week that “it’s not a secret the governor has been thinking about running for president.”
The former governor’s team also told The Hill this week that a campaign announcement would likely come at a major rally in Denver, though they didn’t specify a date or a time.
Hickenlooper has been teasing a potential White House bid for months, telling reporters in December that he was “past 50-50” on the chances of him running for president, while attacking President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE’s record on economic issues for rural states.
“We’re seeing all kinds of evidence that the Trump presidency isn’t succeeding. It’s not taking America where it needs to go. It certainly isn’t fulfilling his promises to the rural parts of America,” he told CNN in December.
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If he enters the field next week, Hickenlooper will face a crowded race for the Democratic nomination, as Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisRand Paul introduces bill to end no-knock warrants The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook McEnany says Juneteenth is a very ‘meaningful’ day to Trump MORE (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.), among a number of others, have all announced bids.
Hickenlooper would become only the second governor to announce a White House bid following Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s (D) entrance into the race on Friday.