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Hickenlooper gives hints of running for governor

DENVER ” Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, who initially said he had no interest in running for governor, now is dropping hints that he might, the Rocky Mountain News reported Saturday.

Hickenlooper made his comments during an affordable housing conference.

“I don’t think the governor’s job could be as much fun as the mayor’s job,” Hickenlooper said after an audience member asked if he will run for governor. “But I do believe now it probably has greater impact.

“You know, my plan was only to give 10 or 15 years to public service. If you’re going to look at it that way, you should probably try to be as useful and have (the) maximum impact as you can.”

“So it’s a balancing act of what you love and what you know (in the mayor’s role) vs. maybe having more impact in a different place,” Hickenlooper continued.

His comment led many in the office to conclude that he has decided he will run.

“I think he put more than a toe in the water. I think he’s up to his patella ” that’s the kneecap,” said City Councilman Charlie Brown, who was among several council members in attendance.

“I turned to the people sitting at the table with me and they thought he was definitely going to run after his statement,” Brown said.

Hickenlooper promised to make a decision soon.

“Certainly within the next few days I promise we will get it figured out,” Hickenlooper said. “I know people are sick of talking about it.”

Republican candidates in the race include U.S. Rep. Bob Beauprez and former University of Denver President Marc Holtzman. Democratic candidates are former Denver District Attorney Bill Ritter and state Rep. Gary Lindstrom of Breckenridge.

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