Barely a third of Denver’s potential voters participated in the May 2011 elections in a year when there was a serious contest for mayor. This year, with a no contest for mayor as yet, expect a record low turnout. All thirteen Denver City Council positions are up for election or re-election, plus the mayor, auditor and clerk. The following are open due to term limits:
|Auditor Dennis Gallagher|
- Auditor Dennis Gallagher – retires
- District 2 City Councilperson Jeanne Faatz – far Southwest (only Republican and fiscal watchdog)
- District 4 City Councilperson Peggy Lehmann – far Southeast
- District 6 City Councilperson Charlie Brown – Southeast
- District 7 City Councilperson Christ Nevitt – South-Central (not term-limited, but running for auditor)
- District 9 City Councilperson Judy Montero – Downtown, Northwest
- District 10 City Councilperson Jeanne Robb – Capitol Hill, Central
|Mayor Michael Hancock|
Mayor Michael Hancock is unopposed as of today. It is not uncommon to have unopposed candidates. In 2011, five candidates were unopposed: Charlie Brown, Peggy Lehman, Paul Lopez, Chris Nevitt and Jeanne Robb (there were a few write-in voters in several races).
City Council jobs pay more than $80,000 plus 30 percent in benefits. Elections often begin 12 years of office holding or more than a million dollars in salary and benefits. Denver elections are a serious jobs program.