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Mayor Michael B. Hancock at Sloan Lake. Photo by Sarah Boyum

Denver’s Mayoral Candidates 2019: Michael B. Hancock

Touting a record of stability and success, the incumbent is looking to secure his third term as Denver's chief executive. Though he faces loud critics and experienced opponents, Hancock doesn't think it's time for the city to change course.

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Age: 49
Experience: Denver Mayor since 2011, former Denver City Council president, and former president of Metro Denver’s Urban League
Action Plan: Keep the city on course: Continue to address homelessness, improve congestion issues, and make Denver a leader in environmental sustainability


Why do you want to be mayor?

Outside of marrying my wife Mary Louise and having [our] three children, it’s been the honor of my life to be able to serve as mayor of this city. I’ve always been devoted to public service and I treat this city similar to how I treat my family: I love this city a great deal.

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What’s the first thing you would do if reelected?

We’ll take a look at our team. We’ll fuse that team with a mixture of new energy, and we’ll maintain a lot of the experience that we have.

What’s your plan for working with other cities in the metro area?

When I became mayor, the big issue was primarily the airport and airport city. We spent three years learning about each other and rehashing historic battles that I had no clue existed. Deep rooted animosity toward each other. I think the stage has been set for us to do even more, with a focus on housing, homelessness, and mobility.

Who has been a role model or mentor for you?

My mother. Her tenacity, her resiliency, her optimism. She’s eternally optimistic even though she was oftentimes discriminated against as a single mother.

One more thought:

On being accused of sexual harassment in 2018: Listen, it was a mistake. And I acknowledge that it was a mistake. I was transparent. I apologized to the detective, to my family, and to the city. It was something that was difficult to deal with, but also I learned from it. And at the end of the day I don’t know that there’s much more we can do around that issue other than change policy; we did change the policy. We grow from it and I hope that I’m a better person from acknowledgment of that mistake that I made, and again, grow from it.

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