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Hickenlooper announcement on guv bid planned for this afternoon

Lynn Bartels and Michael Riley
The Denver Post
Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper exits a city vehicle during a light snow to enter a news conference in downtown Denver to outline the mayor's intentions to pursue the Democratic nomination to run for Colorado's governorship in 2010 on the heels of the announcement to not seek a second term by Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter in Denver on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper plans to announce his bid for governor at a 4:15 press conference this afternoon the west steps of the Capitol.

Hickenlooper timed his announcement to occur before the opening of the Colorado General Assembly on Wednesday and Ritter’s State of the State address on Thursday.

He had to wait for later this afternoon because Ritter and Democratic leaders are holding a news conference on the west steps of the state Capitol at 3 p.m. to discuss the upcoming session.

Hickenlooper is expected to hold a formal kickoff with events statewide after he returns from the winter meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors that begins Jan. 20 in Washington, D.C., sources said.

Last week Hickenlooper told The Denver Post editorial board that he likely would stay on as mayor if he were to run for governor. He said he had a good team around him at the city, and feared the problems of holding a special mayoral election at the same time officials were trying to deal with a historic budget crisis.

“The risk obviously is I am going to be in La Junta or Buena Vista and there is going to be some issue that happens in the city and I’m going to have to immediately come back,” Hickenlooper said.

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