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Analysis: What's to come as Gov. Inslee explores a presidential run in 2020

Gov. Jay Inslee
Parker Miles Blohm
Gov. Jay Inslee

Gov. Jay Inslee’s possible presidential campaign is getting financial backing, with more than $112,000 raised since October. Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins talked about this story with Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

Inslee says he will use the funds from his recently created political action committee to do his “due diligence” before officially deciding whether to run in 2020. That’s according to a report by Jenkins, who was granted an interview with Inslee along with Jim Brunner of The Seattle Times.

Jenkins’ analysis from this morning dives deeper into what this news could mean for the upcoming Legislative session, among other details.

"The timing is important," Jenkins said, noting that Inslee recently stepped down as chair of the Democratic Governors Association. "He really had to speak for that organization and be focused on governors' races. ... But now he can talk a little more freely about what he's thinking for his future."

Inslee says he will decide by April if plans to run for president. Listen to the rest of the conversation between Jenkins and Kendrick above. 

Brunner also spoke with KNKX reporter Simone Alicea. Their conversation was part of The Overcast, The Seattle Times politics podcast recorded here at KNKX.

Brunner talks about the political landscape for Inslee going into next year, including how the governor might frame his accomplishments and the possibility that he decides to run for a third term as governor.

The Overcast

Since January 2004, Austin Jenkins has been the Olympia-based political reporter for the Northwest News Network. In that position, Austin covers Northwest politics and public policy as well as the Washington State legislature. You can also see Austin on television as host of TVW's (the C–SPAN of Washington State) Emmy-nominated public affairs program "Inside Olympia." Prior to joining the Northwest News Network, Austin worked as a television reporter in Seattle, Portland and Boise. Austin is a graduate of Garfield High School in Seattle and Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut. Austin’s reporting has been recognized with awards from the Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors, Public Radio News Directors Incorporated and the Society of Professional Journalists.
Kirsten Kendrick hosts Morning Edition on KNKX and the sports interview series "Going Deep," talking with folks tied to sports in our region about what drives them — as professionals and people.
Kari Plog is a former KNKX reporter who covered the people and systems in Pierce, Thurston and Kitsap counties, with an emphasis on police accountability.