Jay Inslee, the governor of Washington state, is running for president with a single-issue focus on climate change.
The governor’s intention to compete for the Democratic nomination was announced in an article published Wednesday in The Atlantic.
Inslee has served as governor of the state since 2012. One of focuses has been environmental concerns in the state, including reducing the use of fossil fuels while pushing alternative energy development and boosting green jobs, according to his bio.
As governor, he also has pushed for investments in education, creating jobs, supporting workers and boosting the state’s transparency, his official bio said.
He is co-chair and co-founder of the U.S. Climate Alliance, a bipartisan group of 17 governors who seek to implement the policy goals of the Paris Agreement.
What I expect to be my permanent take on the 2020 Democratic primaries is “if Biden is getting any traction support his most viable opponent, otherwise support the remotely viable candidate you think would make the best president, unless that’s Sherrod Brown because burning that Senate seat would be insane.” I doubt Inslee will get enough support for most people to consider him, and announcing a single-issue candidacy is virtually a pre-emptive concession. Still, he’s been a good governor and if you’re going to run on an issue climate change is a good one to pick; if he can get it more attention his running is worthwhile.