May 13, 2023 - Politics

Who is endorsing Kelly Brough and Mike Johnston for Denver mayor

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Endorsements are racking up in the Denver mayor's race as the June 6 runoff nears — and they're proving almost as interesting as the contest itself.

Why it matters: An endorsement from key groups can unlock significant campaign funding and robust turn-out-the-vote efforts.

  • Who's backing who can also sway some voters who are still on the fence.

State of play: Former Denver chamber leader Kelly Brough and former state Sen. Mike Johnston both have drawn support from dozens of prominent politicians, powerful organizations, former opponents and long-standing community leaders.

Between the lines: Not all endorsements are equal.

Here are 10 notable endorsements behind both so far, listed in no specific order:


  • The Denver Republican Party
  • Wellington and Wilma Webb
  • Sen. Chris Hansen
  • Bill Ritter (former Colorado governor)
  • Denise Maes (former public policy director for the ACLU of Colorado)
  • The Denver Police Protective Association
  • Denver Sheriff Lodge 27 of the Fraternal Order of Police
  • Denver Metro Association of Realtors
  • Marijuana Industry Group
  • Denver Gazette editorial board


  • Lisa Calderón (former Denver mayoral candidate)
  • Federico Peña (Denver's first Hispanic mayor)
  • Chauncey Billups (former Nuggets player)
  • Dottie Lamm (former Colorado first lady)
  • Rep. Leslie Herod
  • Terrance Roberts (former Denver mayoral candidate)
  • Ean Tafoya (former Denver mayoral candidate)
  • Sen. Julie Gonzales
  • UFCW Local 7
  • The Denver Post editorial board

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