Denver Votes

A voter fills out her ballot at the Denver Elections Division Tuesday, May 7, 2019, in Denver.

Today is Denver's second election day in less than a month.

In the general election that ended May 7, voters narrowed the field for mayor, clerk and five city council seats.

And now it's time to pick some winners:

  • Will it be another term for Mayor Michael Hancock or a first term for Jamie Giellis?
  • Will Paul López or Peg Perl advance to the clerk and recorder's office?
  • Which five candidates in scattered parts of the city will join the city council?
  • And will voters insist on having a say the next time Denver tried to score an Olympics?

> RELATED: DENVER RUNOFF 2019: CoPo coverage of the candidates and issues

After 7 p.m. tonight, Colorado Politics will start bringing you answers to those questions.

City election officials will drop their first set of results shortly after the polls close. Another county will land about 8:30 p.m., and so on through the night.

We'll be at Hancock and Giellis headquarters to bring you the action, while our contributor Adam McCoy keeps an eye on the council results.

So check back with ColoradoPolitics.com tonight and Wednesday for results as they happen.

And also check out our June 8 print edition for fallout from the runoff.

By the way, it's not too late to vote -- but it is too late to drop off your ballot in the mail.

Instead, you'll need to head to one of the many ballot return boxes scattered around the city.

Or you can vote in person at a city Vote Center. (To find out where to drop your ballot or vote in person, visit DenverVotes.org/VoterInfo or call or text 303-653-9668.)

As of midday Tuesday, 27% of registered voters had already returned their ballots.

In the runoff, everyone will vote for mayor and clerk. And if you live in an undecided council district, you'll vote for that as well.

In the city general election that ended May 7, Hancock finished well in front of his nearest rival, Giellis — 38.7% to 24.9% — but not so far in front that he avoided a runoff.

Hancock has scored some big-name endorsers — including former mayors John Hickenlooper and Wellington Webb and U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet as well as Hillary Clinton. But Giellis boasts the support of the No. 3 and 4 finishers in the mayor's race, Lisa Calderón and Penfield Tate III.

> RELATED: DENVER RUNOFF 2019 | Voters choose next clerk and recorder

In the race for clerk and recorder, López, a term limited city councilman, wound up leading his two rivals for the clerk's post in the city election with 36.9% of the vote. But López will face Peg Perl in the June 4 runoff since he fell short of a 50% plus one vote majority.

López is a term-limited city councilman who has worked as a labor and community organizer. Perl is a lawyer who served as policy counsel at the Federal Elections Commission and as senior counsel for Colorado Ethics Watch.

> RELATED: DENVER RUNOFF 2019 | 5 city council seats to be filled

As for the city council, eight of the 13 seats were filled election night, but five seats representing various parts of the city are headed for the runoff. (If you don't live in one of those five districts, you won't see a council race on your ballot.)

In the race in northwest Denver's District 1 — an open seat after Councilman Rafael Espinoza ended his bid for re-election last December — Amanda Sandoval enjoyed a wide lead in a field of seven candidates with 31.2% of the vote, but fell well short of the 50% level needed to skip the runoff. She'll face Mike Somma, who scored 17%.

West Denver's District 3 also was an open race, with López exiting to run for clerk and recorder. Jamie Torres (with 40.2% in the May 7 election) will face Veronica Barela (36.3%) on June 4; two other candidates were eliminated.

In east Denver's District 5, challenger Amanda Sawyer (40.7%) outpolled Councilwoman Mary Beth Susman (35.9%) in a four-way race; they'll meet again in the runoff.

In central and northeast Denver's District 9, incumbent Albus Brooks (44.8%) will face challenger Candi CdeBaca (43.1%) on June 4; two challengers were eliminated.

And in District 10, also in central Denver, Councilman Wayne New (39%) will contend with challenger Chris Hinds (30.3%) in the runoff following a four-way race May 7.

> RELATED: DENVER RUNOFF 2019 | Initiative 302 would require vote before future Olympics bids

Voters also will decide Initiative 302, which backers call "Let Denver Vote."

It would require that the city get voter approval before offering and "public monies, resources, or fiscal guarantees in connection with any future Olympic Games."

Denver recently considered mounting a bid to host a Winter Olympics in 2030 or later, but last December, the U.S. Olympic Committee picked Salt Lake City over Denver as a potential U.S. host city.

Mark Harden contributed.

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