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A Simple Guide to Denver’s 2019 Mayoral Election

Here's who is running for office and what they have to say about key issues facing Denver.


We know it feels like we just finished campaign season, but you’ve probably noticed an uptick in campaign mailers and yard signs from candidates running for municipal office. That’s because, on May 7, Denver voters will elect municipal leaders, including the person who will sit in the mayor’s office.

After serving two terms as the city’s highest elected official, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock is facing what might be his stiffest challenge to date as an incumbent, as five diverse opponents made the ballot and are vying to unseat him. Ahead of the election, we sat down with each candidate to learn their thoughts on issues like growth, housing, homelessness, infrastructure, criminal justice, and more.

Editor’s note: Responses have been edited for length and clarity.

Portrait photography by Sarah Boyum. Research by Meredith Sell

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