Washington Gov. Jay Inslee today officially announced his 2020 candidacy for president.
Inslee, a Democrat, is currently serving his second term as governor after serving several terms from two different districts in the U.S. House of Representatives.
As expected, his announcement focused on climate change, saying it is “the most urgent challenge of our time.”
He joins a crowded field of Democrats seeking the 2020 nomination, with his candidacy being the 13th from his party.
Inslee said the country can transform its economy to 100 percent clean energy and create millions of good-paying jobs in the process.
His early campaign slogan is “Our Time,” as shown in a video of the same name that was released Friday as the official launch of his campaign. It focuses exclusively on climate change.
Inslee won his races for governor in 2012 and 2016 largely without the support of rural Washington. In 2012, he won only eight of the state’s 39 counties, and in 2016 he won nine, with the bulk of his support coming in the heavily populated Puget Sound area.
He has selected longtime adviser Aisling Kerins to manage his campaign, making her the second woman thus far to head the campaign of an announced 2020 presidential candidate.
Inslee soon will make trips to early Democratic primary states Nevada and Iowa, an aide said.
Though climate change has been the focal point of his governorship, his efforts to impose a carbon tax on “polluters” have repeatedly fallen short both in the state Legislature and at the ballot box.
Prior to the current state legislative session, Inslee laid out an aggressive agenda that called on increased spending and new taxes.
His is the first person from Washington state to run for president since Sen. Henry “Scoop” Jackson ran in 1976.