Denver, Colorado

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Denver, Colorado
General information
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Mayor:Michael B. Hancock
Mayor party:Nonpartisan
Last mayoral election:2011
Next mayoral election:2015
Last city council election:2013
Next city council election:2015
City council seats:13
2013 FY Budget:$1.49 billion
City website
Composition data
Population in 2013:649,495
Gender:50.0% Female
Race:White 68.9%
African American 10.2%
Asian 3.4%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone 1.4%
Two or More 4.1%
Ethnicity:Hispanic or Latino 31.8%
Median household income:$49,091
High school graduation rate:85.1%
College graduation rate:42.2%
Related Denver offices
Colorado Congressional Delegation
Colorado State Legislature
Colorado state executive offices
Denver is the capital city of Colorado and the most populous city in the state. Its government is consolidated with that of Denver County. As of 2013, its population was 649,495.[1]

City government

See also: Mayor-council government

The city of Denver utilizes a "strong mayor" and city council system. In this form of municipal government, the city council serves as the city's primary legislative body and the mayor serves as the city's chief executive.


The mayor serves as the city's chief executive, and is responsible for proposing a budget, signing legislation into law, appointing departmental directors and overseeing the city's day-to-day operations.[2] Michael B. Hancock is the current Mayor of Denver.[3]

City council

The Denver City Council is the city's primary legislative body. It is responsible for adopting the city budget, approving mayoral appointees, levying taxes and making or amending city laws, policies and ordinances.[4]


Denver's city council has thirteen members. Eleven are elected by the city's eleven districts, while two are elected at-large.[5] For a list of current council members, see here.

Council committees

The Denver City Council features six standing committees, which focus on individual policy and legislative issues. Generally, the drafting of city legislation begins with the committees.[6]

For a list of Denver's committees and committee members, see here.



See also: Denver, Colorado municipal elections, 2015

The city of Denver, Colorado, will hold elections for mayor and city council on May 5, 2015. A runoff, if necessary, will take place on June 2, 2015. The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 11, 2015. All 13 city council seats are up for election, including two at-large seats.[7] Leaders in Denver are elected to four-year terms.

In the mayoral race, incumbent Michael B. Hancock is running for a second term. Three challengers filed to run against him.

In the city council races, seven candidates are seeking re-election, though two candidates are running for different districts as a result of redistricting. Christopher Herndon from District 11 is running for District 8, while Albus Brooks from District 8 is running for the District 9 seat.


Denver's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2013 was $1.49 billion.[8]

Contact information

Office of the Mayor
1437 N Bannock St Rm 350
Denver, CO
Phone: (720) 865-9000

City Council
City and County Building
1437 Bannock St., Rm. 451
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: (720) 337-2000

To contact individual council members, see here.

Ballot measures

See also: Denver County, Colorado ballot measures

The city of Denver is in Denver County. A list of ballot measures in Denver County is available here.

Initiative process

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Colorado

Population as of the July 2011 census update: 619,968.[9] Denver is a charter consolidated city-county.

The signature requirement is 5% of the total vote for the office of Mayor in the last election at which a Mayor was elected. 5 registered electors of the City and County of Denver may begin the proceedings for initiative by filing with the Clerk and Recorder an affidavit constituting themselves as a petitioners' committee. The required affidavit and petition content is in Denver Charter, Sec. 8.3.2. Petitioners must also submit the proposed text to the city council staff and the city attorney for review and comments. Circulators shall be a qualified electors of Colorado. A completed initiative petition must be filed with the Clerk and Recorder no later than 180 days from the date of approval of the affidavit, ballot title, and petition form. Unless the City Council calls an earlier special municipal election, the Clerk and Recorder shall submit the initiative or referendum to the ballot at the next scheduled citywide election held not less than 60 days after the determination of sufficiency.

DocumentIcon.jpg Denver Charter, Article VIII, Part 3


In 2013, Denver's federal lobbying related expenses amounted to approximately $200,000. The issues for which the city filed in 2013, as well as the number of reports, can be seen in the box on left. The issues column lists the generic issues that lobbyists working for local governments are required by law to disclose on quarterly federal disclosure forms.[10][11] The reports column gives the number of reports lobbyists filed in regards to each generic issue. To learn more about the details of the specific issues for which Denver filed reports, read the federal disclosure forms by clicking the "Issues" links in the box on the left. Denver's federal lobbying related expenses between 2000-2013 can be seen in the chart on the right.[12]

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Federal Lobbying Issues, 2013
Reports Issues
4 Fed Budget & Appropriations
4 Aviation, Airlines and Airports
4 Education
4 Environment and Superfund
4 Health Issues
4 Housing
4 Immigration
4 Law Enforcement and Crime
4 Transportation
4 Trade
4 Urban Development
4 Welfare
4 Agriculture
1 Banking

Website evaluation

See also: Evaluation of Colorado city websites
Budget Y
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Meetings Y
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Elected Officials Y
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Administrative Officials Y
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Permits, zoning Y
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Audits Y
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Contracts Y
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Lobbying N
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Public Records P
Local Taxes Y
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Transparency grading process

The good

  • Building permits are available on the website[13]and zoning information.[14]
  • Agendas and minutes are available for City Council Meetings.[15]
  • City of Denver's bids and RFPs are posted.[16]
  • Budgets are posted.[17]
  • Extenstive Information on audits are available.[18]
  • The Mayor and city council officials contact information are posted online.[19]
  • Provides extensive information on local taxes.[20]

The bad

  • There is no information on the access of government records to the public. However, the name of the information officer and public records request forms are listed.[21]
  • Lobbying information and ethics is not noted

See also

Suggest a link

External links


  1. U.S. Census, "State and County Quick Facts," accessed on September 15, 2014
  2. Denver City Charter, Sec. 2.2.1-9, accessed on September 15, 2014
  3. City of Denver, "Office of the Mayor," accessed on September 15, 2014
  4. Denver City Charter, Sec. 3.2.1-6, accessed on September 15, 2014
  5. City of Denver, "City Council," accessed on September 15, 2014
  6. City of Denver, "Denver City Council Committees, 2013-14," accessed on August 29, 2014
  7. City of Denver, "Municipal Candidate Information Packet," accessed December 4, 2014
  8. City of Denver, "2013 Budget-in-Brief," accessed on September 15, 2014
  9. US Census, "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places in Colorado: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2011," accessed on October 29, 2014
  10. U.S. House of Representatives: Office of the Clerk, "Lobbying Disclosure Act Guidance," accessed on November 11, 2014
  11. Open Secrets, "Methodology," accessed on November 11, 2014
  12. Open Secrets, "City of Denver, CO," accessed on September 8, 2014
  13. City of Denver, "Building Permits," accessed on September 15, 2014
  14. City of Denver, "Zoning Information," accessed on September 15, 2014
  15. City of Denver, "Agenda and Minutes," accessed on September 15, 2014
  16. City of Denver, "Bids and RFP's," accessed on September 15, 2014
  17. City of Denver, "Budget," accessed on September 15, 2014
  18. City of Denver, "Audits," accessed on September 15, 2014
  19. City of Denver, "Mayor and city council officials information," accessed on September 15, 2014
  20. City of Denver, "City of Denver taxes," accessed on September 15, 2014
  21. City of Denver, "Clerk and Recorder," accessed on September 15, 2014