In two different parts of Denver, the candidates for mayor made their pitch to the black community on Saturday.
Mayor Michael Hancock spoke to a small crowd gathered at the Hiawatha Davis Jr. Recreation Center in Park Hill.
His challenger, Jamie Giellis, made her case in front of an iPhone in a small conference room inside a law office in the River North Arts District, taking part in a Facebook Live broadcast.
Both Giellis and Hancock had been expected to speak together at the rec center at a candidate forum hosted by the Colorado Black Round Table, but Giellis pulled out of the event late Friday after learning the moderator had been paid by the Hancock campaign.
John Bailey, the moderator of the forum, confirmed to 9News Saturday that he is a paid consultant for Hancock. He told 9News anchor Kyle Clark he planned to turn over questioning to community members rather than moderate it himself because of that conflict of interest.
Instead, Giellis appeared at a Facebook Live event, joined by former challengers who have pledged their support, Lisa Calderón and Penfield Tate.
“We decided to bring everyone together today and open up that conversation," she said afterward.
On the other side of town at the mayoral forum, Hancock spoke to a friendly crowd.
“As we look at the third term we remember that we are victims of our own prosperity,” he said “We grew fast. Almost too fast and too robustly, if I can use that word.”
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