WASHINGTON – Gov. Jay Inslee is running for president, the Washington Democrat announced in a video posted to YouTube on Friday.
“I’m Jay Inslee and I’m running for president because I am the only candidate who will make defeating climate change our nation’s number one priority,” Inslee said in the video.
He added: “We’re the first generation to feel the sting of climate change. And we’re the last that can do something about it. We can do this. Join our movement. This is our moment.”
Inslee, 68, has served as Washington’s chief executive since 2013. Prior to that he served two decades in the U.S. House of Representatives.
As governor, Inslee has prioritized fighting climate change as well as working to reform education and drug policy.
The ever-growing Democratic field includes Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Kamala Harris (Calif.), Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), Cory Booker (N.J.), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii), former congressmen John Delaney (Md.) and Julian Castro (Texas), and best-selling author and spiritual adviser Marianne Williamson.
Prospective candidates are said to include former Vice President Joe Biden, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (Texas), former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz.
Recent polls show Sanders leading among the declared candidates. Biden leads when prospective candidates are included.