As you may know by now, I have decided not to run for re-election in 2010.
I am so proud of all you have done to support my campaign. Your incredible support of this effort put us in a strong position to win re-election. And I’m confident that your sustained commitment to our forward-thinking vision for the state will ensure we elect a governor who continues leading Colorado forward this November.
So before I explain my deeply personal decision not to run for re-election, let me just say: thank you.
Almost five years ago, in the spring of 2005, I began running for governor of Colorado.
My campaign theme — the Colorado Promise — was a deeply held belief that we as a state were not living up to our full potential.
So we laid out a vision to create a New Energy Economy, to build up other Industries of the Future like aerospace and biosciences, to reform our education and healthcare systems, and to modernize our transportation system.
While this decision allows me to make my family a priority, it also allows me to focus on keeping the state budget balanced and keeping Colorado on the road to recovery.
The Colorado economy is getting better, but we still have budget-cutting to do on the ’09-’10 and ’10-’11 budgets, and we’ll be submitting the ’11-’12 budget in November.
By not running for re-election, I’ll be able to make the tough and unpopular decisions that simply need to get made — free and clear of the sometimes bitter partisan politics of an election year.
We’re positioning Colorado for a strong recovery with our New Energy Economy, our job-creation strategies and our education reforms.
The rest of the country is looking to Colorado on everything from the economy to energy to education.
We’re in a great position, and we’re on the right path. I look forward to spending the next 12 months keeping our budget balanced and our economy growing.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you for giving me the honor and the privilege to serve as your governor — and for all that you have done to help lead Colorado forward.