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From Broncos mascot to Mile High mayor

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock leads city with vision


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Denver Mayor
Michael Hancock, 48

After playing the role of the Broncos' mascot while attending Manual High School in 1986, Hancock hung up his horse costume and moved into politics. He interned with Mayor Federico Peña in his college years and became the youngest head of an Urban League affiliate at age 29. Then he served two terms on the Denver City Council before winning his first mayoral election in 2011. He breezed to another victory in 2015.

Hancock's tenure at the city's helm has been marked by Denver's ascendance. He helped drag the city out of the Great Recession and into one of the biggest booms the notoriously boom-and-bust economy has ever seen. 

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Eric Peterson

Denver-based writer Eric Peterson is the author of Frommer's Colorado, Frommer's Montana & Wyoming, Frommer's Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks and the Ramble series of guidebooks, featuring first-person travelogues covering everything from atomic landmarks in New Mexico to celebrity gone wrong in Hollywood. Peterson has also recently written about backpacking in Yosemite, cross-country skiing in Yellowstone and downhill skiing in Colorado for such publications as Denver's Westword and The New York Daily News. He can be reached at Eptcb126@msn.com

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