Beto O’Rourke announced on Wednesday that he’s running for president, a report said.
El Paso’s KTSM said the former Texas congressman confirmed the news in a text message and plans to officially announce on Thursday.
“I’m really proud of what El Paso did and what El Paso represents. It’s a big part of why I’m running. This city is the best example of this country at its best,” the text said.
O’Rourke has been hinting at a presidential run for months.
During his failed bid to unseat Republican Sen. Ted Cruz last fall, O’Rourke raised $80 million and built a national following in the Democratic party.
In a Vanity Fair article published Wednesday, O’Rourke said, “You can probably tell that I want to run. I do. I think I’d be good at it.”