Colorado politicians already announcing for 2018 governor’s race

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DENVER -- Donald Trump hasn't even been inaugurated, but Colorado politicians are announcing plans for the 2018 governor's race.

Michael Johnston became one of the first major players to enter what is expected to be a crowded race.

"We will guarantee up to two years of debt free college or career training to every Coloradan," the Democrat said Tuesday during his kickoff speech.

Johnston is not the first candidate to enter the race. Denver CEO Noel Ginsburg, and activists Adam Garrity and Moses Humes have declared, according to the Secretary of State's website.

But perhaps there is more interest in who hasn't announced a decision yet.

State Rep. Joe Salazar, Congressman Ed Perlmutter, former State Treasurer Cary Kennedy and former Sen. Ken Salazar are considering jumping into the race.

Ken Salazar might be the candidate everyone is looking at. If he announces, some other candidates might decline to run, such as Perlmutter.

"Right now I am taking care of my family and spending a lot of time in the San Luis Valley and that's where I got to be," Salazar said in late 2016, not committing to anything yet.

On the Republican side, State Treasurer Walker Stapleton and Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler have indicated they might be interested in running.

"Republicans are going to have to take some lessons learned from this past presidential race -- look at unconventional ways of pulling together unconventional collations," FOX31 political analyst Ryan Frazier said.

Candidates are expected to make a decision sometime this year as it will help with raising money.

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