Salazar potential governor candidate

DENVER—San Luis Valley native Ken Salazar could be a contender for governor in 2018.

“Probably by the end of the summer, I will make a decision about what I’m going to do,” Salazar said in an interview with The Denver Post.

Salazar, 62, born and raised in the southern part of the Valley, has served in the state capitol before as attorney general from 1999 to 2005. He subsequently served on a national level as U.S. senator from 2005 to 2009 and U.S. interior secretary from 2009 to 2013.

Even when he led Hillary Clinton’s White House transition team last year his name was surfacing as a potential gubernatorial candidate.

Salazar currently heads the Denver office of the law firm WilmerHale, which he joined in 2013.

He earned a BS in political science from Colorado College in 1977 and his JD from the University of Michigan in 1981. He served in private practice in Denver in the areas of natural resources and water law for 11 years followed by several years as executive director of the Department of Natural Resources and chief legal counsel for the governor before entering the AG’s office.

Already announcing candidacy for governor on the Democratic ticket is former state Senator Mike Johnston.