Election 2020 Terrance Carroll

Former state House Speaker Terrance Carroll, D-Denver, stands on the west steps of the Colorado Capitol in this February 2016 photo.

Former state House Speaker Terrance Carroll and retired NFL wide receiver Brandon Lloyd on Tuesday added their names to the list of Coloradans endorsing Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg's campaign.

The former New York mayor has been accumulating endorsements, opening field offices and adding staff in the state ahead of Colorado's March 3 presidential primary.

"Mike Bloomberg’s history of success in bringing people together on the issues that are critical to the future of this country makes him the best candidate to defeat Donald Trump,” said Carroll, the state's first African-American speaker of the House, in a statement provided by the Bloomberg campaign.

Added Carroll: “Nowhere is that more evident in my experience than in delivering quality public education for all children. Mike will continue working as President to improve our schools and to increase the number of low- and middle-income students who attend top colleges. That's not just a promise — it's a continuation of a commitment he's demonstrated for years in public life and as a private citizen."

Carroll was a high-profile endorser of Bernie Sanders in 2016, when the Vermont senator won Colorado's caucuses by a wide margin over Hillary Clinton.

In the last election cycle, as co-chair of Frontier Fairness, an independent expenditure committee backing former state Sen. Mike Johnston in the gubernatorial primary, Carroll welcomed Bloomberg's donations, which eventually totaled $2 million.

Lloyd, who played for the Denver Broncos for three seasons in the middle of a 12-year NFL career that began and ended with the San Francisco 49ers, compared Bloomberg to a winning football team.

“In my experience on the gridiron, winning teams do more than just talk a big game, they go out and prove it,” Lloyd said.

“The same is true in the business world. Great leaders have the foresight to repeatedly place individuals in positions to succeed. My decision to support Mike Bloomberg is based upon his unique experiences — and success — in government, business and philanthropy. Mike has the leadership backbone to win in November and lead America in the years ahead.”

Bloomberg is one of 15 active candidates who will appear on Democratic ballots that will start arriving in voters' mailboxes next week.

The campaign said Carroll and Lloyd will join other recently announced state co-chairs, including state Rep. Tom Sullivan, ProgressNow founder Michael Huttner, 2008 Democratic National Convention co-chair Juanita Chacon, former Colorado Democratic Party treasurer Judith Zee Steinberg, former Denver human services manager Donna Good and hotelier Walter Isenberg.

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