DENVER – This morning in front of a modest crowd at a coffee shop across from the Capitol, Lieutenant Governor Donna Lynne announced she was officially running for Governor. Although Lynne has been “exploring” the idea for weeks, this is the next step in her bid for Colorado’s top spot.

Lt. Governor Lynne was selected by Governor Hickenlooper to replace Lt. Governor Joe Garcia, who left his unfinished term in 2016. At the time, both Lynne and Hickenlooper insisted she had neither the intention nor the aspiration to run for Colorado’s top job in 2018.

“Lt. Gov. Lynne’s first statement to Coloradans upon taking office as Lt. Governor was that she didn’t intend to run for Governor, which she is now doing,” said Kelly Maher, executive director of Compass Colorado. “What are we to think of someone who went back on literally the first thing she told us upon assuming public office? In less than two years as an officeholder Lynne has become like any other politician climbing the ladder to more power.”