But, there are three factors that create a challenge for Hancock’s re-election:
- An anti-establishment attitude that is affecting most American politics, including Denver. In 2015, it helped propel a new Denver auditor and several council people.
- New residents and a Millennial generation have little loyalty to incumbents, memory of their accomplishments and the way things are usually done.
- Continued political stress about growth and development. As I told Murray: “Ciruli’s advice to Hancock: ‘You should spend the next 18 months with laser-like focus on the public anxiety regarding growth.’”