Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne officially announces run for governor

DENVER – Colorado Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne has officially announced her campaign for governor in 2018.

Lynne made the announcement Thursday morning at the Spring Café in Denver.

Lynne filed her “Lynne for Colorado” campaign committee on Aug. 1, and officially filed her candidacy for the governorship on Aug. 11 as was required after filing her committee.

She had hinted at a 2018 run for months after saying in 2016 she wouldn’t try to succeed current Governor John Hickenlooper.

Lynne faces a crowded primary field. Rep. Jared Polis, ex-state Sen. Mike Johnston, Colorado’s former Treasurer Cary Kennedy, and Noel Ginsburg, a Colorado businessman, have already declared their candidacy on the Democratic side.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter was also running as a hopeful to replace Hickenlooper, but dropped out of the race not long after he initially announced he was running.

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