Denver's Democratic History
[T]he Salt Lake Tribune declared on the day after the election, "While the nation and most of Utah tilt further to the right, Salt Lake County is solidifying as a bastion for the left." The new county mayor and the three at-large county council members are all Democrats. The local government wins are part of a trend throughout the region, where Democrats in recent years have taken charge of mayoral posts in Billings, Boise, Denver, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City and Santa Fe.I don't think Democrats took control of the mayor's office in Denver in "recent years." In fact, looking at the list of the city's mayors over history, I'm hard pressed to name the last one who was a Republican. John Hickenlooper and his two predecessors, Wellington Webb and Federico PeÃ±a, are of course all Democrats. So was PeÃ±a's predecessor, William McNichols, and I believe the string of Democratic mayors in Denver goes back even farther than that. (It is hard to find information about the partisan affiliation of Denver mayors because the position is technically non-partisan.) So if you are looking for the trend away from Republican domination in the Rockies, Denver really isn't the place to look. This city, which went 70-29 for Kerry in last month's election, has been a fairly traditional Democratic urban area for a long time.
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