DENVER — Denver Mayor Michael Hancock has endorsed former Gov. John Hickenlooper for U.S. Senate, Hickenlooper's campaign announced on Friday.
Several other current and former African-American legislators endorsed Hickenlooper, including state Rep. James Coleman and former Denver city council members Albus Brooks and Happy Haynes.
Cherry Creek school board member Angela Garland, Aurora school board member Stephanie Mason, Pueblo D60 school member Maragaret Wright, and former chief government officer for Denver Health Elbra Wedgeworth also endorsed Hickenlooper on Friday.
"I’ve been fortunate enough to see his 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 statement. "We need more leaders with strong executive experience, who know how to get things done and John is definitely that kind of leader."
Hickenlooper, who also served as mayor in Denver, joined the race for Republican Senator Cory Gardner's seat in August, after dropping out of the presidential race. He faces a challenge in the June Democratic Primary in former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff, who won the Democratic caucuses in March.
Romanoff has endorsements from a slew of former and current legislators, including former Congressman John Salazar and former state Senator Polly Baca.