Washington State Governor Jay Inslee, a Democrat, announced his candidacy for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination on Sunday.
He will seek the party’s nomination for president.
The Democratic National Committee has decided to suspend its primary campaign in favor of the general election, according to a statement from the party.
In a letter to party members and state party chairs, the DNC also announced that its “primary slate” of candidates will be used to select the next DNC chair.
“As a result, we will not be able to accept primary candidates in 2020,” the DNC said.
“The process will be designed to make the selection process as fair and open as possible, and will ensure the best and brightest candidates are included in our national delegation.”
The announcement came hours after Inslee released his campaign website.
Inslee’s announcement comes just days after he won the Democratic primary for governor, and nearly four months after he became the party leader.
Inslees victory and the DNC’s decision to move the primary date from April to May are both signs that Democrats may be turning their attention to the 2016 race.
Inslees campaign has also been plagued by controversy, with the controversy surrounding the death of a woman in the state.
He also has been criticized for his support for President Donald Trump, the nation’s top-ranking law enforcement official.
Insley has previously faced criticism for his handling of a series of deadly traffic crashes, which led to the resignation of his first police chief, as well as allegations of sexual misconduct.