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Hickenlooper won’t run for governor

AP PhotoDenver Mayor John Hickenlooper holds hands with his wife Helen as they walk from the City and County Building to City Center Park on Monday, Feb. 6, 2006, where he annouced he would not run for governor of Colorado. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

DENVER – Mayor John Hickenlooper said Monday he will not run for governor, disappointing some Democrats who hoped for a more liberal alternative to formerDenver District Attorney Bill Ritter, an abortion opponent.Hickenlooper said he still has tasks he wants to complete as mayor.

“The time right now is for me to focus on the city,” he said.Some Democrats have expressed reservations about Ritter because of his views on social issues. Ritter declined to comment immediately but scheduled his own news conference later.Independent poll-taker Floyd Ciruli said Ritter won’t get a big boost from Hickenlooper’s decision because many of the state Democratic Party’s big donors are concerned about Ritter’s Catholic upbringing and his conservative stand on social issues.

“He’s the Holy Mother Church,” Ciruli said. “He appears unacceptable to a big wing of the party.”State Rep. Alice Madden, D-Boulder, said she is considering running now that Hickenlooper is not because the party needs a candidate besides Ritter.”To win, you need to be able to excite your own base and get crossover from independents and the other party,” she said. She declined to elaborate.

Hickenlooper delayed announcing his decision for weeks, leaving Ritter and another declared Democratic candidate, state Rep. Gary Lindstrom of Breckenridge, in an uncertain field.

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