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Elway not running for governor

Author: Mike McKibbin - January 3, 2017 - Updated: January 4, 2017

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State Sen. Mark Scheffel, R-xxx, presents John Elway a gavel used in the last session of the state Senate at a GOP Senate Majority Fund reception at John Elway’s South Broadway Chevrolet dealership on Monday, Aug. 29, 2016. Elway told 9News on Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, that he does not plan to run for the Republican nomination for governor in 2018. (Photo by Nicole Cassou/The Colorado Statesman)
State Sen. Mark Scheffel presents John Elway a gavel used in the last session of the state Senate at a GOP Senate Majority Fund reception at John Elway’s South Broadway Chevrolet dealership on Monday, Aug. 29, 2016. Elway told 9News on Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, that he does not plan to run for the Republican nomination for governor in 2018. (Photo by Nicole Cassou/The Colorado Statesman)

Just before starting his search for a new head coach for the Denver Broncos, John Elway denied any plans to throw his name in the hopper with others already mentioned as potential candidates for Colorado governor in 2018.

Speaking to 9News on Monday, Jan. 2, the Broncos general manager and Hall of Fame quarterback said he planned to continue working for the Broncos, despite his contract ending in another year. He and Broncos president Joe Ellis have discussed extending that contract since October.

Speculation about Elway running for the state Republican party nomination for the office may have been fueled by his appearing in political ads this past election season, promoting Amendment 71 and opposing Amendment 70. The first was approved by voters and makes it harder to amend the state constitution, while the second was also approved by voters and raised the state’s minimum wage.

Current Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, is term limited, and at least a handful of potential candidates to replace him next year have surfaced in both parties.

Mike McKibbin

Mike McKibbin

Mike McKibbin is a Denver and Washington political reporter for The Colorado Statesman. A long-time Colorado-based journalist, he has worked as an editor and bureau reporter and won numerous Colorado Press Association and Associated Press awards. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcKibbin7 and email mike@coloradostatesman.com.