Michael Hancock, other black leaders back John Hickenlooper for Senate

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and a trio of former City Council members were among several African American leaders Friday to back John Hickenlooper’s bid for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate.

Hickenlooper, a former Colorado governor and a predecessor of Hancock’s as mayor, is competing against former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff in the June 30 primary. The winner will take on first-term Sen. Cory Gardner in November.

Hancock was joined in endorsing Hickenlooper by former Councilman Albus Brooks and former Councilwomen Alegra “Happy” Haynes — the current Denver parks director and a former Denver Public Schools board member — and Elbra Wedgeworth, who retired last year from an executive position at Denver Health.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to see (Hickenlooper’s) work up close, uniting mayors across the Denver metro area to make FasTracks a reality, deliver affordable health care for people  across the state and rebuild Colorado’s economy while honoring every Coloradan,” Hancock said in a news release. “We need more leaders with strong executive experience who know how to get things done, and John is definitely that kind of leader.”

Romanoff’s website incorrectly lists Haynes as a supporter of his campaign.

The other supporters announced Friday by Hickenlooper’s campaign are state Rep. James Coleman of Denver and three school board members: Angela Garland in Cherry Creek, Stephanie Mason in Aurora and Margaret Wright in Pueblo.

Earlier this week, Romanoff announced endorsements by Joe Salazar, a former lawmaker who leads the anti-fracking group Colorado Rising, and Aurora City Council members Juan Marcano and Alison Coombs. Hickenlooper also was backed this week by the Greater Metro Denver Ministerial Alliance, the Congressional Black Caucus PAC and Stacey Abrams, a high-profile former Georgia gubernatorial candidate.

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