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Mayoral Madness

So you need a new mayor…

Denver has had the same mayor for the past 12 years. Finally the job is up for grabs, and a record 17 candidates want a shot at shaping Denver’s future. How will voters make their choice? City Cast Denver is here to help you hear every candidate’s vision for Denver. That’s right, we’re going to attempt to interview all 17 possible mayors.

Leading up to Election Day on April 4, we will be sharing our interviews with the candidates. Have a question you want answered? Send us an email at or text us at (720) 500-5418.

Mayoral Candidates

Renate Behrens

Former caretaker and secretary.

Listen to Renate’s Full Interview Here

Kelly Brough

Former CEO for the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce who has held various local government roles, including Chief of Staff for Mayor John Hickenlooper.

Listen to Kelly’s Full Interview Here

Lisa Calderón

Executive director of Emerge Colorado and served for two years as chief of staff for City Councilwoman Candi CdeBaca. She previously ran for mayor in 2019.

Listen to Lisa’s Full Interview Here

Chris Hansen

State lawmaker representing Denver for the last six years. Trained as an engineer and co-founded Colorado Energy + Water Institute.

Listen to Chris’s Full Interview Here

Leslie Herod

Current State Representative who has worked on bills related to police accountability and bail reform, as well as mental healthcare funding at the city level.

Listen to Leslie’s Full Interview Here

Mike Johnston

State senator for eight years and champion of the education reform movement.

Listen to Mike’s Full Interview Here

Debbie Ortega

Currently an At-Large City Councilwoman who has worked in local government for more than 40 years.

Listen to Debbie’s Full Interview Here

Terrance Roberts

Former gang member turned Park Hill community and civil rights activist.

Listen to Terrance’s Full Interview Here

Trinidad Rodriguez

An investment banker who’s served on the board of the Denver Housing Authority and as policy advisor for the Governor’s Policy Office and Office of Energy Conservation, as well as Colorado’s Department of Natural Resources.

Listen to Trinidad’s Full Interview Here

Kwame Spearman

Co-owner and on-leave CEO of Tattered Cover. Kwame Spearman dropped out of the race on March 16 and endorsed Kelly Brough.

Listen to Kwame’s Full Interview Here

Ean Tafoya

Environmental justice advocate and community organizer with 20 years of experience working with and within local government.

Listen to Ean’s Full Interview Here

Robert Treta

Owner of Treta Design and Build Inc., a contracting company.

Listen to Robert’s Full Interview Here

James Walsh

CU Denver professor of political science, focusing on labor history and the politics of worker power. 

Listen to James’ Full Interview Here

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Thomas Wolf

Investment banker who has worked for JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, and currently works for Crewe Capital. 

Listen to Thomas’s Full Interview Here


Al Gardner

IT executive who has worked in the public, startup, and nonprofit sectors. He has served on a number of boards and commissions, including the Denver Civil Service Commission, Denver African American Commission, and the Citizen Oversight Board.

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Aurelio Martinez

CEO of the publication Inside Boxing, former boxer, and boxing coach.

Send us a question for Aurelio Martinez at


Andy Rougeot

Former U.S. Army Officer and small business owner who has lived in Colorado for more than a decade. 

Send us a question for Andy Rougeot at

Ballots will be mailed out on March 13 ahead of election day on April 4. We will be updating this page as each interview takes place. For any questions, email us at or text us at (720) 500-5418.

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