LIVE BLOG: Hickenlooper’s presidential campaign kick-off rally in Denver

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Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper at his presidential campaign kick-off party at Civic Center Park in Denver on March 7.

(Photo by Conrad Swanson, The Gazette)

He made it official with a 4:30 a.m. announcement Monday: Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is running for president.

Tonight’s party sets his decision in motion, though one-time petroleum-industry geologist turned brewpub owner had already topped $1 million in fundraising as of Wednesday, his campaign announced.

Tonight’s party, held at Civic Center in downtown Denver, is set to begin at 5 p.m. Those slated to perform include Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, SuCh and Mary Louise Lee, wife of Denver Mayor Michael Hancock.

Expected speakers include Hancock, former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb, former Colorado state Sen. Lucia Guzman and state Senate Assistant Majority Leader Rhonda Fields.

Colorado Politics and The Gazette’s reporters and photographers will bring you wall-to-wall coverage of the event. Stick with this blog for the latest.

More than 5,000 attended this evening’s kick-off event, according to a press release just in from the Hickenlooper campaign.

Hickenlooper says he might not be the first in the race but he sure has the biggest name in the race. #Hickenlooper2020 #Copolitics

— Conrad Swanson (@Conrad_Swanson) March 8, 2019

“We are a nation that tracks our progress by the number of working families who end the day feeling more secure about their future,” Hick says…

— Conrad Swanson (@Conrad_Swanson) March 8, 2019

ICYMI: I’m asking you to interview me for President. Our country is in crisis, and we need someone who knows how to bring people together and get things done. This is my record, but I’ve never done it alone. Join me:

— John Hickenlooper (@Hickenlooper) March 5, 2019

And then we’ve got Toni and Jeremiah DeGennaro, who both strongly support Hick’s run (of course) and say he could beat Trump in the general because of his moderate views. #Hickenlooper2020

— Conrad Swanson (@Conrad_Swanson) March 8, 2019

DENVER! @NRateliff is ready for tonight, are you? Doors open at 5 PM!You can still RSVP here:

— John Hickenlooper (@Hickenlooper) March 7, 2019

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