Linkhart drops ballot, says attention to specifics will bring out the base

Denver mayoral candidate Doug Linkhart, dropped his ballot Friday and said it is his specificity on positions that matter most to Denver voters.

Linkhart, who issued a release early Friday stating that a poll produced three weeks ago showing he was not in the top three candidates was inaccurate, said his name on the top of the ballot and considerable city-wide leadership experience would win him the election.

Doug Linkhart drops his ballot, voting for himself for Denver mayor. (Boven)

“Everywhere I go, I have been more specific about what I am going to do,” Linkhart told the Colorado Independent. “[I’m] not just giving generalities or acting like I am going to fix the school district which we can’t do anyhow. I think we can help the schools and help the kids.”

Linkhart said it was the details that mattered to Denver voters. He said some of the specifics have been his plan to add composting to recycling, opening libraries for longer hours, making recreation centers free for kids and fixing what many voters see as a broken police department.

Getting specific, Linkhart said that implementing his composting and recycling program would be supported and enhanced by beginning to charge citizens for garbage pickup.

Mayoral candidate Doug Linkhart fills out his ballot for the Denver election. (Boven)

“Denver is 41st in the country of major cities on recycling–not very good,” Linkhart said.”

Commenting on what many observes have noticed as a lack of voter interest in the race, Linkhart said he hoped that the citizenry would take a moment to make a decision on their futures.

“So many people are not voting to date, I am worried that we are not going to see enough folks vote,” Linkhart said.

Linkhart is one of the top candidates in a race that appears to be largely between Linkhart, James Mejia, former state Senator Chris Romer, and former City Council President Michael Hancock.

The election to determine which two candidates make the run-off will be over Tuesday, May 3. If one candidates scores 50 percent plus one vote, the election itself will be decided Tuesday.

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