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Ten Colorado Politicos to Watch in 2019

Dynamic duo Jared Polis and Dianne Primavera have quite the year ahead of them.
Dynamic duo Jared Polis and Dianne Primavera have quite the year ahead of them. Facebook
There may not be a statewide election in 2019, but Denver Mayor Michael Hancock will ask voters to give him a third term in May, both the 2020 presidential and senatorial fields will start to take shape, and the state's GOP will begin the rebuilding process after November's Democratic sweep.

Oh, and Jared Polis takes control of the governor's mansion, armed with majorities in the state House and Senate. How will he and Democrats rule in year one of their so-called trifecta?

Here's our list of the ten politicos to watch in 2019:

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock is seeking re-election in May.
Brandon Marshall
Michael Hancock
Denver’s mayoral election is on May 7, and Mayor Hancock is in trouble as he seeks a third term in city hall. In the months since a former member of his security detail came forward with allegations of sexual harassment, the once-rising star in local politics has attracted at least eight challengers.

Hancock will probably face his most difficult electoral challenge since defeating Chris Romer for the job back in 2011. If he wins, he'll have to quell anxiety in this growing city about housing affordability.

Joe Neguse
The freshman 2nd District congressman has made a strong initial impression in Washington, getting a vice-chair post on the progressive caucus and already earning more than a handful of rising-star mentions in Democratic circles. Will he get on other high-profile committees in 2019? Will he become a regular cable news contributor? Could his name pop up regularly in the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez circles as a Democratic force to be reckoned with?

Neguse may be new to Washington, but if the start of his term is any indication, he’s on track to working his way into bigger roles in D.C.

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Chris Bianchi is a Westword contributor interested in politics.
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