DENVER — Should the mayor of Colorado’s largest city, who has served for eight years, get a final, four-year term? 

Or should he be replaced at Denver’s helm, and if so, by whom?

Voters will decide on May 7. 

Four of the candidates who are on the ballot in the election for Denver mayor joined moderators Kyle Clark and Marshall Zelinger for a live 9NEWS debate on Wednesday night. 

Incumbent Michael Hancock faced three of his challengers in the debate: 

  • Lisa Calderon, community advocate and co-chair of the Colorado Latino Forum.
  • Jamie Giellis, former president of the RiNo Art District and founder of the urban planning firm Centro.
  • Penfield Tate III, a former state lawmaker and son of Boulder’s first and only African American mayor.

They were asked about everything from the city's development to homelessness. One thing they agreed on? Many of the new structures popping up in town are ugly. 

9NEWS is currently working on a longer recap of the debate. Check back for updates! 



All four candidates sat down with Kyle Clark last year: 

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Sitting down with one of Mayor Michael Hancock's challengers - Penfield Tate