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Former Colorado attorney general and Obama Cabinet member Ken Salazar broke news in opinion section of the Denver Post Wednesday night, announcing he won't run for governor next year. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Ken Salazar won’t run for governor, he says in op-ed

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The Denver Post broke the big political news that Ken Salazar won’t run for governor Wednesday night in its opinion section in an op-ed written by the non-candidate himself.

“This has been a difficult decision, because I love Colorado,” Salazar wrote in the state’s largest newspaper. “I believe I would have won an election for governor, and that I would have been a successful governor for all the people of Colorado. However, my family’s well-being must come first.”

He continued, “Colorado is the greatest state in the nation. Our people embody the great spirit of Western independence and common sense. The grandeur of our mountains, rivers, ranch and farmlands make us the most beautiful state in the nation and provide us our enviable quality of life. And our economy is the best in the nation thanks to the leadership of many over the years.”

Salazar has been considered the candidate that would clear the field of Democrats in next year’s governor’s race. He is a former state attorney general who served in the U.S. Senate and in President Obama’s Cabinet as interior secretary.

Former state Sen. Michael Johnston has announced his intentions to run, and top Democrats also are awaiting an announcement from U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter of Arvada. State Rep. Joe Salazar of Thornton, who had considered a bid for governor, said in a story broken by Colorado Politics last week that he will run for attorney general.

In his column, Ken aSalazar looked to the future.

“As Colorado grows, we face many challenges. Even though our economy is booming statewide, we have many communities in economic distress, including much of rural Colorado.”

He said the state should address its transportation, education and environment.

“I have had the honor of working alongside presidents, governors, senators, county commissioners, mayors and other officials to address Colorado’s challenges over the last 30 years,” he said. “I have stood on the shoulders of giants to see a bright and optimistic future for all of our people regardless of ZIP code, gender, race, nationality, or sexual orientation.”

The op-ed piece posted at 10:10, safely past the start of the 10 p.m. newscasts lengthening the Post’s scoop.

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