Over the last couple weeks, I've realized the demands of running for governor and of serving in Congress were going to take more from me than I can give.

The democratic primary field is crowded, and whether I am in the race or not, primary voters will have a choice among a number of qualified candidates and I wish them all the best of luck. I do not plan to be a candidate for office in 2018. For the next 18 months my focus will continue to be on serving the people of the 7th Congressional District, whom I can't thank enough for their support and trust in me over the years.

To my wife Nancy, my family, dear friends and supporters, I want to thank you for your unwavering support. I know this decision is disappointing to many of you, it is for me too. But I know it is the best course forward.

As I've said many times, 'Tis a privilege to live in Colorado' and I truly believe that.

- Ed

Join Ed as he travels the state to hear from you and continues to lead the fight for you and our Colorado way of life.

Your help will ensure we can maintain the Colorado values of freedom, equality and opportunity, and continue to make this the best place on Earth.

About Ed

A lifelong resident of Jefferson County, Ed and his family have deep roots in Colorado. Ed and his wife Nancy, a retired Jeffco public school teacher, met later in life, and they currently live in Arvada. Their blended family includes six grown children, three spouses and a grandchild.

Ed graduated from Jefferson High School in Edgewater and received his undergraduate and law degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder. During college and law school, Ed worked for his family's concrete business. He went on to practice business law for 25 years while raising his family in Jefferson County where his three daughters also attended Jeffco public schools. Ed enjoyed coaching his daughter's softball team, watching another daughter excel as a gymnast, and supporting the other as she became deeply involved in her community and overcame the challenges of epilepsy.

Why Ed’s running to be your next Governor…

To be a strong leader for our state and ensure the economic recovery reaches all four corners of Colorado.

Ed is committed to investments that will make Colorado stronger for decades to come - like good-paying jobs, roads and infrastructure, neighborhood schools, and our environment. Ed's number one goal has always been to improve the lives of hardworking Coloradans, and he will continue to focus on building an even stronger economy that works for everyone.

To bring a unique combination of business and private sector, state and federal experience to the Governor's office.

Ed understands the link between state and federal government and how it affects the lives of all Coloradans. The state and federal government must work together on issues ranging from immigration and education to healthcare and infrastructure funding. Ed will work with the Trump Administration on issues to boost our economy and create jobs for hardworking people, but he will also stand up to the Administration and keep them in check when they infringe on our way of life, such as attacks on the environment, public lands, immigration, healthcare and national labs.

To listen to and bring people together to get things done.

Ed brings a "can do" attitude with a willingness to work across the aisle, listen to people and be accessible. That’s the same type of leadership Ed will bring to the state as Governor. Ed has the Colorado entrepreneurial and collaborative spirit that will help solve the challenges of the future and continue to keep Colorado rising.

“As Governor, I'll work to continue to grow Colorado’s economy and ensure hardworking Coloradans have good jobs, can afford to send their kids to college and have enough left over for retirement. I’ll address issues such as higher education, affordable housing, transportation and infrastructure, aerospace and the budget. I have a lot of ideas but not all the answers which is why I will be talking with and listening to Coloradans all across the state over the next 18 months. Elections are about the future, and you and I have the opportunity to shape that future.”