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Denver Mayor Michael Hancock makes his re-election bid official

Author: Joey Bunch - October 15, 2018 - Updated: October 15, 2018

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Denver Mayor Michael Hancock presents his 2019 budget proposal at the Denver City & County Building on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. (KUSA-9News, Denver)

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock filed paperwork that made his re-election bid official Monday, while reporting that his campaign war chest continues to grow fat.

Hancock, seeking a third term, has been picking up opponents, including former state Sen. Penfield Tate III last week and Regis University professor Lisa Calderon on Monday, along with others.

From July through September, he raised $184,379 to go along with $528,454 he had raised previously. That gives him $712,833 to take on newcomers before next May’s election. After expenses, the campaign has a $670,000 head start on newcomers to the race.

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The campaign noted that among its 359 contributors are former mayor turned governor John Hickenlooper, Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne and the Denver Fire Fighters Union.

“We are proud of the growing support for Mayor Hancock’s re-election,” said his campaign spokesman, Jake Martin, in a statement. “Under his leadership, Denver is now one of the best cities to live, work and play. We’re excited for the upcoming campaign to highlight the mayor’s solid plans and clear vision to keep our city moving forward and ensure our success extends to everyone, in every neighborhood.”

Hancock won a four-way election with more than 80 percent of the vote in 2015. He won the office in 2011 against Chris Romer, 58 percent to 42 percent.

Romer, the son of former Colorado Gov. Roy Romer, raised almost $2.6 million to Hancock’s $1.5 million.

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch

Joey Bunch is the senior political correspondent for Colorado Politics. He has a 31-year career in journalism, including the last 15 in Colorado. He was part of the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 and is a two-time Pulitzer finalist. His resume includes covering high school sports, the environment, the casino industry and civil rights in the South, as well as a short stint at CNN.