Antonio Méndez will challenge Wayne New for city council in District 10

Antonio Méndez organized a 64-county tour of Colorado for Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne soon after she was appointed, to help introduce her to the state and vice versa.

Antionio Méndez, May 18, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) denver; colorado; election; city council; denverite; kevinjbeaty;
Antonio Méndez, May 18, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

When he served as deputy chief of staff to Colorado’s lieutenant governor, Antonio Méndez organized a 64-county tour of Colorado for Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne soon after she was appointed, to help introduce her to the state and vice versa.

Now, Méndez, the 33-year-old executive director of Serve Colorado, says he plans to embark on a miniaturized version of the tour as he launches his campaign for Denver’s City Council District 10, challenging Councilman Wayne New.

(We reported earlier this month on two other District 10 challengers, Chris Hinds and Patrick Key — that’s a pretty crowded 2019 race.)

“I want to go around my district to every different neighborhood and listen to people,” Méndez told Denverite.


Gov. Hickenlooper is happy with the results of the latest legislative session, calling it the most successful of his two terms

If you want to call Gov. John Hickenlooper a lame duck, go ahead. But he wants you to know this duck kept swimming through what he said was the most successful session of the General Assembly under his two terms.

Governor John Hickenlooper meets with press after the 2018 legislative session has ended, May 10, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) copolitics; john hickenlooper; denver; colorado; denverite; kevinjbeaty;
Governor John Hickenlooper meets with press after the 2018 legislative session has ended, May 10, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

If you want to call Gov. John Hickenlooper a lame duck, go ahead. But he wants you to know this duck kept swimming through what he said was the most successful session of the General Assembly under his two terms.


Democrats promise a blue wave, but first they’ll have to have a few fights

Are establishment-backed candidates getting an unfair advantage, or is that just how politics works? Here’s what’s up in Democratic primaries in Colorado’s 1st and 6th Congressional Districts.

2018 Democratic Congressional District 1 candidate Saira Rao speaks on stage during an at South High School, April 13, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) copolitics; election; politics; denver; denverite; delegates; democrats; kevinjbeaty; colorado;
2018 Democratic Congressional District 1 candidate Saira Rao speaks on stage during an at South High School, April 13, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Saira Rao’s foray into politics has mostly gone as planned. She knew challenging 11-term incumbent U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette for the 1st Congressional District Democratic nomination wouldn’t be easy.

Rao, a former attorney who co-founded a children’s book publishing company said she’s faced an assortment of thinly-veiled attempts to discredit her campaign and push her platform aside since announcing.

That race and a primary in the 6th Congressional District are putting on display the blue fault lines within the Democratic Party.


Cary Kennedy and Mike Johnston hit record-breaking fundraising numbers

Kennedy raised more than $800,000 and Johnston brought in more than $600,000.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cary Kennedy speaks at the Colorado Health Institute's Hot Issues in Health conference, Dec. 8, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) denver; colorado; denverite; kevinjbeaty; election; governors race; gubernatorial; candidate;
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cary Kennedy speaks at the Colorado Health Institute’s Hot Issues in Health conference, Dec. 8, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Democrats Cary Kennedy and Mike Johnston both announced big hauls on Thursday following the latest fundraising round in their campaigns for governor.

Kennedy raised more than $800,000 — the most so far raised by a candidate in a quarter — and Johnston brought in more than $600,000 to push his campaign total past $2 million.


Judge: Colorado congressman should be on GOP primary ballot

The Colorado Supreme Court booted Lamborn from the ballot last week, saying one of the people who circulated petitions on his behalf does not live in the state.

By Nicholas Riccardi, Associated Press

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Colorado Rep. Doug Lamborn should be on the Republican primary ballot, finding he would likely prevail in a lawsuit contending his dismissal from the ballot was unconstitutional.

The Colorado Supreme Court booted Lamborn from the ballot last week, saying one of the people who circulated petitions on his behalf does not live in the state and the signatures he gathered must be stricken.

The order dropped Lamborn below the threshold of 1,000 signatures needed to make the June 26 ballot.