Inslee is currently the only governor in the race but will have some ground to make up when it comes to name recognition.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced his Democratic presidential bid on Friday, making him the first governor to enter an already-crowded field of senators and other hopefuls battling to challenge President Trump in 2020.
Inslee, 68, a former congressman representing the Seattle district, announced his intention to run in a video early Friday morning. He will officially announce his bid—which will be centered around climate change—from Seattle Friday afternoon.
“We went to the moon and created technologies that have changed the world—our country’s next mission must be to rise up to the most urgent challenge of our time: defeating climate change,” Inslee said in his video announcement. “This is our moment, our climate, our mission. Together, we can defeat climate change. That’s why I’m running for president.”
Inslee has already made early campaign stops in states like New Hampshire and Nevada—both of which hold early primary contests.