The Republican mayor of Denver, Michael Hancock, was a strong and well-respected figure in the city for more than a decade.
In 2016, he won re-electing Denver’s first-ever black mayor, Joe Francis, after years of running against the city’s African-American population.
Hancock’s election was hailed as a sign of the city growing up and getting back on its feet, with some saying it was an early sign that a major city in the country was beginning to turn its fortunes around.
But it also prompted a new question: If Hancock won, did that mean the Denver Broncos were heading to the Super Bowl?
It turns out, yes.
The Denver Post, which first reported the story, was unable to find any evidence that Hancock won re-’cause Denver hasn’t played in a Super Bowl in more than 30 years.
So who is the mayor who won re ’18?
The Post has the story and the answers.
In the post, the newspaper notes that Hancock ran as a Democrat in 2014 and again in 2016, and said he was a “firm supporter of a comprehensive, comprehensive, inclusive strategy” for tackling the nation’s gun violence crisis.
The Post notes that while Hancock was elected mayor in 2018, he didn’t win re ’17 and didn’t run for re-elected in 2018.
He also didn’t re-enter the race again in 2018 and ’20, even though he was still considered a frontrunner.
The post also says that the Democratic Party had not endorsed him for reëlection because the party was in a state of disarray after the death of former Mayor Greg Nickels, who led Denver from 2004 to 2018.
“There’s no doubt that Denver was a better city under his leadership than it was under Mayor Francis,” Hancock said in a statement.
“The city of Denver has had some difficult moments in recent years, but I believe it’s time to move on.”
And he did, winning re-attorney general by a big margin, defeating incumbent David Stapleton.
But the Post notes Hancock was also reelected to a second term in 2020, but was then forced out of office when the Denver Police Chief’s resignation prompted the resignation of the chief of staff.
He’s since returned to politics, but the Post says that his office “will be looking to recruit a new executive director for the next fiscal year.”
Hancock also was reelected for a third term in 2024, but his re-initiative on homelessness was unsuccessful.
And he’s been a fierce opponent of gun control legislation, calling it a “war on law-abiding gun owners” in his reënactment of an attack on a Denver police officer.
In his reelection speech, Hancock said, “The last time we held a major legislative body in a bipartisan way, we failed.”
He said the Denver city council was “more divided than we’ve ever been” after the passage of an ordinance in 2017 that mandated background checks for all gun sales.
He said he’s “not the gun control crusader” that some people think of him as.
“If I had been a Republican mayor in the ’90s, I would have taken the guns away,” Hancock added.