He's Back. Former Republican Governor Bill Owens Joins Hickenlooper's Team

November 9 2010, 11:00 AM

Democratic Governor-elect John Hickenlooper is already making good on his promises to work across party lines. He's tapped Colorado's most recent Republican governor, Bill Owens, to co-chair his transition team (via Fox 31). "We wanted to make sure we get as many perspectives as possible, and by that I mean young people, old people, people from different parts of the state, different parties, all the different perspectives we can," Hickenlooper says.

His squad now includes more than 10 prominent Republicans, including former congressman Bob Schaffer and Colorado Springs businessman Bill Hybl, who explains that he's not being disloyal to his party. "We all should be working together for our economic well-being and the well-being of this state," Hybl adds. Hick seems to be winning praise across the board for his moves, and The Denver Post has the full list of his transition team.

Meanwhile, Hickenlooper, who will remain Denver's mayor until mid-January, also appears to have done the city good by not resigning in order to campaign. According to Westword, had he left office, a special election would have been held—a costly affair with more complex rules.

Instead, potential candidates for mayor are signing up, with Democratic state Senator Chris Romer, Denver City Councilman Doug Linkhart, Denver Preschool Program CEO James Mejía, and city employee Danny Lopez all filing paperwork for campaign exploratory committees, reports The Associated Press. But more names might pop up on that list, as 5280 senior editor Patrick Doyle pointed out in last month's magazine.