A lawsuit against Denver Mayor Michael Hancock's administration filed by a challenger in this year's mayoral election has been dismissed by a federal judge.
Former Denver mayoral candidate Lisa Calderón filed the suit in 2018, claiming that Denver had ended the contract with an organization she ran, the Community Re-Entry Project (CRP), over her criticisms of the mayor.
A motion to dismiss the suit from the City Attorney's office argued that CRP's contract was not renewed due to a standard evaluation process, and further that any alleged damages would have been to CRP and her employer rather than to Calderón herself. U.S. District Judge Philip Brimmer approved the motion.
Calderón will now decide whether to appeal the case. Her attorney is alleging that the city continues to make her job duties more difficult in her new role managing Councilwoman Candi CdeBaca's staff, which could lead to another potential suit, according to The Denver Post.
Ryan Luby, public information officer for the City Attorney's Office, said that they received a letter from Calderón's attorney Monday about the retaliation concerns.
"The city does not condone retaliation, and we are in the process of reviewing the concerns raised in the letter and will respond to Ms. Calderón’s attorney directly," Luby said.