Hickenlooper says Western Slope, Denver dependent on each other

Denver’s fortunes are pinned closely to those of the Western Slope, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper told Mesa County Democrats on Saturday.

“What makes Denver Denver is the success of the West Slope,” Hickenlooper said at the Mesa County Democratic Assembly in the Central High School auditorium. “You would be amazed at how many people who live in Denver would really rather live in Grand Junction.”

During his tenure as mayor of Denver, he changed the culture of the Denver Water board to encourage water conservation, a development cheered by the Mesa County Democrats.

“Every drop of water that can possibly be kept on the West Slope should be kept on the West Slope,” Hickenlooper said.

Hickenlooper is running to succeed retiring Gov. Bill Ritter, also a Democrat.

Republicans Scott McInnis of Grand Junction and Dan Maes of Evergreen are vying for that party’s nomination.

In his race for the governorship, “I desperately need your help,” having started “a year and a million dollars behind” McInnis, generally considered the GOP frontrunner, Hickenlooper said.

Hickenlooper also urged Democrats to keep the primary fight between U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet and former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff in check.

“We are blessed to have a choice,” he said. “Let’s keep it a positive choice.”


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