Hancock Earns Praise on Eve of “State of City” Address

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock will deliver his annual "State of the City" address today — his last "State of the City" before next May's Denver city elections. Hancock has little reason to be concerned that he will even face a serious challenger in his bid for re-election, and the editorial board of the Denver Post helps explain why:

Hancock hasn't been a flashy mayor during his first term, but he's been a steady one who has attended to the nuts and bolts of governance, pushing for efficiencies while paying special attention to neglected neighborhoods such as those along the Interstate 70 corridor.

And no doubt partly because of this record, no one has voiced an intention to challenge him next spring…

We'd be surprised if the mayor announced any major initiatives in Monday's speech, but that isn't necessary. Good governance primarily depends on other things, such as a focus on the city's neighborhoods, connectivity and safety. Nothing flashy, just essential.

What say you, Polsters? What do you think of Mayor Hancock's time in office thus far?


4 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. davebarnesdavebarnes says:

    Realtively good job.
    Don't always with street repaving priorities.

  2. kwtreemamajama55 says:

    Hancock's been OK. He's trod that thin line between the school privatizers who want to break schools up and hire unproven charter contractors, and the more moderate teacher's union reformers who want to fix problems. He declined to take DPS over when people were pushing him to do so.

    He's certainly taken a lot of money from Green Valley Ranch homebuilders.

    My main gripe with Hancock is that he pushed reinstatement of the Denver pit bull ban, leading to thousands of  executed dogs, and the city losing many long term residents, including myself, after I had rescued a pit bull.

    I understand that Hancock had a traumatic experience with being bitten by a pit as a child, but I wish he had looked at the science and stats, which show that fatal dog bites can come from a variety of breeds, and "dangerous dogs" are much more about the owner than the dog.

    So this breed specific legislation, which Hancock sponsored as a city councilman, leading to a "local control fight", and then endorsed as Mayor, has cost millions of dollars, caused an exodus of responsible dog owners from Denver, and wastefully killed thousands of great dogs. Other than that, I guess he's been a great Mayor.

  3. bullshit!bullshit! says:

    He's come a long way since Hookergate.

  4. OrangeFreeOrangeFree says:

    This has been a dramtic shift since Hick was mayor. Denver has arguably gotten better, and the guy doesn't seem to want to take credit for it – just tackle one problem and move on to the next with no fan fare. I admire that in a politician, I wish more of our elected folks did that. 

    It's still a very restrained approach to governing. For a city like Denver, I wish Hancock would take a more progressive approach, but he's getting things done and that's nothing to complain about. 

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