On Friday, Mar. 1, 2019, Gov. Jay Inslee announced that he has thrown his hat into the ring to run for President in 2020.
Inslee has local roots to our area, having attended Shorewood Elementary School before going to nearby Cascade Middle School.
Inslee grew up on SW 116th Street in what used to be White Center, but is now part of Burien. He is a fifth-generation native Washingtonian, and he even painted houses in the Burien area with his Father, Frank Inslee, a teacher and coach at Seattleâ€™s Franklin High School.
He is now running for the highest office in the land, with fighting climate change as his main theme:
VIDEO: This is our moment, our climate, our mission â€” together, we can defeat climate change. That’s why I’m running for president. Join #OurClimateMoment today https://t.co/zg8ILGyk0Z pic.twitter.com/pUZVxyzfc5
â€” Jay Inslee (@JayInslee) March 1, 2019
At a local fundraiser in 2016, Inslee shared a story about a (mostly true) experience he had while playing for the football team at Cascade:
â€œI lived in White Center for most of my childhood, and I went to Cascade Junior High School, and Iâ€™ll never forget the day we were playing football against Seahurst Junior High School just up the hill, and it was a rainy day like this, late October, and I didnâ€™t have good circulation in my hands and I came over to the sidelines, I said â€˜coach coach I canâ€™t feel my handsâ€¦I canâ€™t throw the ball, I canâ€™t even hold onto the ball,â€™ and the coach looked at me and said â€˜You know Inslee youâ€™re pathetic â€“ I put you in as quarterback, and you come in here whining about cold hands. Youâ€™re never going to amount to anything!â€™ I looked coach right in the eyes and I said, â€˜I tell you what coach â€“ you can say that right now â€“ but there will be a day when Iâ€™ll return to Seahurst as governor of the state!â€™ Some of that story is true actuallyâ€¦â€
Here’s a video from a live broadcast of Inslee’s announcement â€“ he starts speaking at around the 14:00 mark: