WASHINGTON— Former Attorney General Eric Holder will not run in 2020, writing in a Washington Post op-ed that he will instead focus on fighting gerrymandering and ensuring Democrat defeat Donald Trump.
“For too long, Democrats have lost sight of the state and local races that shape the day-to-day lives of the people we serve,” Holder, who served in the Obama administration, wrote. “With state legislatures set to begin drawing new voting districts in 2021, what happens in those races over the next two years will shape the next decade of our politics.”
While Holder has declined to enter the 2020 fray himself, he offered his thoughts on how the Democratic party should proceed.
“We should remember that creativity is not limited to the young, nor wisdom to those who are older. We must measure our candidates not by their age, but by the vitality of their ideas,” Holder said, identifying climate change, immigration reform and overhauling the criminal justice system and voting rights as areas that need immediate focus.
Holder served as attorney general under former President Barack Obama from February 2009 to April 2015, when he resigned. Holder had publicly flirted with a 2020 run in recent years.
Last summer, he told talk-show host Stephen Colbert that he was considering a bid, but would decide in early 2019.
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“I’m thinking about it,” Holder said.
He joins a list of potential candidates who also have removed themselves from consideration, including attorney Michael Avenatti, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and wealthy climate change activist Tom Steyer.
Meanwhile, the Democratic field got a little more crowded on Tuesday.
Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper announced that he will run, bringing the number of candidates seeking the Democratic nomination to 14.