BY STEFAN KRUSZE
March 7 marked the day that former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper officially kicked off his run for president of the United States at a rally in Denver’s Civic Center Park. Hickenlooper quipped that at this point his name, “with four syllables and 12 letters,” may not be known, but it’s the biggest name in the race. He promised to run a positive campaign to unite the nation and bring back respect to the office of president.
State Rep. Tom Sullivan from Arapahoe County.Photos by Stefan Krusze
Former Denver Mayor Wellington Web recounted, that in Hickenlooper’s first campaign to be mayor of Denver, he was the underdog with very low polling numbers, stating that the numbers “were sea level low.” Still, Hickenlooper won and went on to win another term as Denver mayor and two terms as Colorado governor and in the process raising Colorado’s economy from near the bottom to that of being the nation’s number one economy. Webb also stated that before running for the highest office in the land, one must first be elected to in way introductory offices, such as mayor.
The mayor interacts directly with the people who elected the person into office, even finding each other “grocery shopping.” Before the current president, the last president of the United States that was elected into office without ever holding any other previous elected political office was Dwight D. Eisenhower. He said Eisenhower may not have ever opened any luxury hotels, golf courses, or for that matter any brewpubs, however, he did respect the honor, dignity and the decorum of the presidency.
Hickenlooper may have not commanded the military, but as a successful business entrepreneur, he hired more people than he has fired.
Colorado Assistant Senate Majority Leader, Sen. Rhonda Fields from Arapahoe County.
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