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Doug Linkhart tops Denver mayor ballot: Ten names appear, at least one contesting rejection

And then there were ten -- Denver mayoral candidates approved to be on the ballot, that is.

Doug Linkhart, the Teapot Party fave, wound up in the coveted first slot. And at least one of the hopefuls left behind plans to contest his exclusion.

Here's the order in which the candidates will appear on the ballot, according to the Denver Elections Division:

Doug Linkhart

Carol Boigon

Chris Romer

Thomas Andrew Wolf

James Mejia

Jeff Peckman

Theresa Spahn

Michael B. Hancock

Danny F. Lopez

Ken Simpson

Marcus Giavanni thinks he belongs on this roster, too. Speaking this morning, he says he turned in a petition with 427 signatures. Then, at 5:45 p.m. yesterday, he received a call saying that fewer than 300 had been deemed valid, making him ineligible for inclusion on the ballot. (The total number of signatures okayed by officials, he says, was 176.) Given that the deadline for a decision was 6 p.m., he feels he wasn't given sufficient time to deal with this situation. "I'm going to contest it," he says.

In the meantime, here are links to our Denver mayor's race profiles and more, featuring candidates given the city's blessing, as well as those, like Giavanni, who were told they'd fallen short.

More from our Politics archive: "James Mejia: A Denver mayor's race profile," "Doug Linkhart: A Denver mayor's race profile," "Michael Forrester: A Denver mayor's race profile," "Michael Hancock: A Denver mayor's race profile," "Danny Lopez: A Denver mayor's race profile," "Chris Romer: A Denver mayor's race profile," "Carol Boigon: A Denver mayor's race profile," "Thomas Andrew Wolf: A Denver mayor's race profile," "Eric Zinn, mayoral hopeful, wants Denver to lose a million pounds," "Gerald Styron, Denver mayor candidate, once threatened to bring a gun to Westword," "Paul Noel Fiorino: A Denver mayor's race profile," "Dwight Henson: A Denver mayor's race profile," "Theresa Spahn: A Denver mayor's race profile," "Jeff Peckman: A Denver mayor's race profile," "Vincent Macieyovski: A Denver mayor's race profile," "Ken Simpson: A Denver mayor's race profile," and "Mark Gruber: A Denver mayor's race profile."