Mayor Hancock Kicks Off Reelection Campaign
DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock today announced his run for reelection and kicked off his campaign by collecting the first of 300 voter signatures needed to qualify for the May 5 ballot.
Joined by his wife, mother and dozens of community members, Mayor Hancock thanked the people of Denver for their partnership, hard work and determination of the past four years to set the city on a path to success.
“I love this place, and I love this job. Being your Mayor has been the greatest honor of my life,” Mayor Hancock said. “Side-by-side with all of you, we are making this city a better place for your family and for mine. I’m proud of all we have accomplished. Together, I want to continue improving this amazing home of ours so that opportunity extends to everyone.”
Standing in the shared creative space Battery621, the Mayor discussed the critical steps he and his administration have taken since 2011 to help Denver recover from the recession and outlined a bold agenda to keep the momentum going.
“When we started together four years ago, Denver looked quite different. The economy was still in the tank with unemployment nearly in double digits,” the Mayor said. “Today, in partnership with our communities, we have corrected course, bringing thousands of good jobs to Denver and creating a vibrant economy that is firing on all cylinders. Today, there is an undeniable energy surging through this phenomenal home of ours.”
To keep Denver moving forward, the Hancock administration has created more opportunities for Denver’s children by providing free access to city recreation centers, pools, libraries and cultural institutions through the MY Denver Card, by expanding the Denver Preschool Program and by investing in before-, after- and summer-school programs.
“The same programs and institutions that raised Michael to be the bold and caring leader he is today are the same ones he, as Mayor, has strengthened to ensure all of Denver’s children grow up healthy and successful,” said campaign co-chair Anna Jo Haynes, president emeritus of Mile High Montessori Early Learning Center. “Michael is the Mayor we need to keep a sharp focus on a better Denver for our children and our children’s children, and he will move with urgent resolve.”
Under Mayor Hancock’s leadership, the city has also helped strengthen Denver’s economy. With an estimated 36,000 new jobs and 2,200 new businesses since 2011, Denver now has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation, is a hub of innovation, and is one of the best places to find a job and start a business.
Denver is also better connected to the metro region with major projects such as Union Station, new light rail stations and transit-focused developments, while Mayor Hancock also has improved Denver’s connectivity to the world with new nonstop flights to Asia, Europe, and Central and South America.
“Michael’s approach to economic development in Denver is working,” said Chuck Sullivan, co-founder of Something Independent, a startup business located within Battery621. “He has created a business environment that is welcoming and exciting for entrepreneurs and innovators. As a small business owner, I see this economic energy in the city every day. Denver is seeing some of the strongest job growth in the nation and we are well on our way to becoming the small business and start-up capital of the country.”
The Hancock administration has also made Denver one of the safest big cities in America by hiring more police officers and firefighters and implementing reforms in the Police Department, which have lowered crime rates, reduced response times and increased officer productivity.
“Michael is a home-grown local product who knows Denver because he is Denver,” said campaign co-chair Ken Salazar, the former U.S. Senator and Secretary of the Interior and current partner at WilmerHale. “He understands our neighborhoods and our communities. He cares about strengthening our economy and getting our people back to work. And he will never give up on helping those who have not yet benefitted from the prosperity that is surging through this city. That is the Mayor I want leading my city.”
While Mayor Hancock is proud of the gains Denver has made, he said much work remains to keep the city a livable place where everyone matters. In the coming years, the Mayor will focus on:
- Ensuring that even as Denver’s economy improves, the city offers diverse and affordable housing options and neighborhoods.
- Providing residents, workers and visitors with multiple transportation options such as light rail, buses, car sharing, and bicycle and pedestrian-only pathways.
- Creating new opportunities for Denver’s children by improving the quality of education and ensuring smooth transitions to college or career.
- Protecting Denver’s parks and open spaces, rehabilitating vital resources such as the Platte River, and expanding playgrounds and recreational programming.
- Investing in long overlooked and underserved neighborhoods and populations so that everyone, no matter where they live, has the opportunity to succeed.
- Delivering on transformational development projects such as the new hotel at DIA, the East Rail Line that will connect the airport to Downtown and the entire metro region, and the National Western Center.
During the May 2015 election cycle, Mayor Hancock and his reelection campaign will work to have an honest conversation with Denver about these accomplishments and the plan ahead. Most important, the election gives the citizens of Denver an opportunity to be heard, so the city can move forward together.
“Denver, we have so many reasons to be optimistic about our future,” Mayor Hancock said. “And this isn’t just blind optimism about our future, it’s bold optimism. Every day I can see the possibility of our Mile High City to become even more. I know the best is yet to come.”