Denver Runoff Election Night Open Thread

(Still) Denver Mayor Michael Hancock

UPDATE (9:41 pm): Jamie Giellis has conceded the race for Denver Mayor to incumbent Michael Hancock.

The race for Clerk and Recorder remains too close to call, while Candi CdeBaca (District 9) and Chris Hinds (District 10) appear to be pulling away.


UPDATE (7:45 pm): Early returns show Denver Mayor Michael Hancock with a 55-44 lead over challenger Jamie Giellis. Unless Giellis captured most of the votes cast today (which are counted/reported last), Hancock probably survives.

The race for Clerk and Recorder is neck-and-neck, as are contests in District 9 (incumbent Albus Brooks and challenger Candi CdeBaca) and District 10 (incumbent Wayne New and challenger Chris Hinds).


Let’s end this thing.

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  1. Davie says:

    The Denver Post had an interesting article comparing this to the 1995 re-election bid by Wellington Webb

    Within weeks, the ’95 race turned so negative that Webb himself said at the time that he might choose “none of the above” if it were an option.

    “Yes, there were attacks against DeGroot, there was racial politics played, but Webb basically defended his record,” [Eric Sondermann] said. “With Hancock, I just don’t see much defense. I just see them going all in on the scorched earth.”

  2. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    Giellis must have borrowed the Trump administration dumpster fire to signify her campaign.

  3. JohnInDenver says:

    Initial results show Hancock with a substantial lead. Run-Off Election June 4, 2019 City and County of Denver

    • notaskinnycook says:

      Thanks for the link, JiD.

    • Davie says:

      Rough going for incumbent council members, however

      • RepealAndReplace says:

        I know. How often does an incumbent council member lose re-election?

        • Democrat1207 says:

          Third time in 32 years, and may be 4 and 5 soon. 

          • Wong21fr says:


            It felt like Albus Brooks tried to mail it in while Candi kept on pushing during the run-off.  Good luck to Candi to try to keep gentrification at by, if she wants to play hardball I figure a lot of the developers will just do the run-around to Hancock instead.  She's Espinoza with less tact.

            Sawyer is a wealthy SF transplant who wants to keep her neighborhood white and wealthy as possible.  May she have a bad mushroom trip.

            Hinds is a great guy.  He will do some great things for his district and certainly is a better representative of what the districts desires.

            • Davie says:

              Just curious — aren't you the one that complained about Giellis' support from the Zeppelins, and how they had done Zocalo wrong?

              I see a $3,000 contribution from Zocalo's CEO to Giellis' campaign.

              Guess they thought Jamie was the lesser of two evils?

              • Wong21fr says:

                Zucker also has given $3000 to Hancock over the last couple of years, maybe he was covering his bases? 😉

                Or perhaps he was trying to get some good graces from Kyle and get him off his back? 

                Who knows?  What is known is the Devil You Know has four more years of steering Denver and there's nothing that the Crestmoor, Hilltop, Virginia Vale, Bonnie Brae, etc. rich white folks who want to keep their neighborhoods single family home exclusive can do about it.

                I mean a 13 point loss is pretty dam bad.  Giellis' pick up of Tate's and Calderon's supporters following their supplication was horrible.



                • Davie says:

                  Density will be happening in many neighborhoods (including my own, which within limits, is as it should be), but the neighborhood plans that are or will soon be defined should provide residents with a much stronger voice regarding who, when and how it is done.

                  I really doubt District 5 will see much more than a slight nibbling around the edges when it comes to changing the characteristics of those neighborhoods.

                  While Hancock's $3+ million drowned out most of the opposition's voice, even he realizes that Denverites are not happy and won't settle for the status quo.

  4. davebarnes says:

    Most importantly, fuck no to the Olympics.

  5. unnamed says:

    What else can be said about last night, except, it was a terrible night for incumbent city councillors.

    • Davie says:

      Well, perhaps Hancock, at least for the moment, is slightly chastened, and will slow down and listen to others:

      And, after a scorched-earth campaign season, many in the city’s political circles will be asking about where they go next. In his call from Giellis, Hancock said he proposed sitting down. “I said, ‘Let’s grab a beer and talk.’ She had some great ideas in the campaign.”

      With five new voices on the city council, he won't hear the usual "whatever you want, boss" chorus.

      • JohnInDenver says:

        The extent of the anti-incumbent vote for council members SHOULD be an indication for the Mayor — and I hope you are correct that there will be less unanimity and willingness to go along with whatever is proposed.

        I think Hancock would be better served by having a beer with other candidates for mayor.  Giellis did not expand her vote nearly as much as the coalition suggested she could.

        • Davie says:

          $2.75 million in donations plus another $400,000 in independent spending vs. $714,000 and $130,000, respectively, buys a lot of persuasion. 

          Denver's (and a substantial number of out of state) heavy hitters wanted to make sure Hancock stayed bought.

  6. JohnInDenver says:

    Clerk & Recorder apparently decided by a 250 vote margin — out of 140,000 cast.  Two quality candidates with similar agendas to improve the office.


  7. vertigo700 says:

    Very happy with the city council elections. I really like Candi CdeBaca and Chris Hinds beating less progressive incumbents (especially Wayne New who was a Republican as recently as five years ago).

    I also think Amanda Sandoval and Jamie Torres are great in their respective races.

    • Davie says:

      Agreed — I think they will hold Hancock accountable to his johnny-come-lately policies on development, transportation, homelessness, etc. that he made only under duress of this campaign.

      He no longer has a unified lapdog council to back his old policies.

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