Photo credit: Doug Robinson’s Facebook page

After an enterprising reporter, the Denver Post‘s John Frank, noticed that there were paid ads for Doug Robinson running, it looks like the cat’s out of the bag – Doug Robinson is running for Governor. Robinson talked to Joey Bunch at the Colorado Springs Gazette, and explained why he wants to give back to Colorado:

“This has been the place that made our lives possible — to have professional success, to spend time with our kids and enjoy the great outdoors…. I’m selfish in that I want Colorado to continue to be the kind of a place where my kids and grandkids would want to move to.”

His official campaign kick-off is on Friday. Robinson is a well-known businessman who currently serves as a managing director for business consultancy KPMG, which bought St. Charles Capital, the boutique investment bank that he co-founded. He also is a co-founder and board member of KidsTek, which teaches over 1,200 students technology skills, and serves on the board of trustees of Colorado Academy and is an executive board member of the Boys Scouts of America, Denver Area Council.  However, he is perhaps best-known for being the nephew of former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Robinson is the latest Republican candidate to announce for the 2018 Republican gubernatorial primary. He joins announced candidates Vic Mitchell and District Attorney George Brauchler. State Treasurer Walker Stapleton also is rumored to be jumping in as is Davita CEO Kent Thiry. The Democratic field is equally, if not more crowded, with declared candidates Car Wreck Cary Kennedy, U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter, former state Sen. Mike Johnston and some other people we’ve never heard of.