Theresa Spahn endorses Romer for mayor

Former candidate for Denver mayor Theresa Spahn on Thursday endorsed Chris Romer for mayor.

Spahn, always a dark horse candidate nonetheless appealed to certain element of the electorate who appreciated her low-key intelligence and thoughtful approach to issues.

She finished well out of the hunt. Former candidate Carol Boigon dropped out before the election, throwing her support to Michael Hancock.

Hancock and Romer each made the run off, to be decided in early June by mail-only ballots.

Candidates Doug Linkhart and James Mejia still have not announced whether they will endorse either remaining candidate.

Spahn, a third-generation Denverite, is an attorney, a former deputy district attorney and magistrate judge, and founding executive director of the Office of the Child Representative, a state agency that advocates for Denver’s most vulnerable children. Most recently, she worked with Rebecca Love Kourlis, heading up the Sandra Day O’Connor Judicial Selection Initiative

“The foundation of my candidacy has been that we need to move city government into the 21st century,” said Spahn in a press release. “To do that, we need a leader who has a vision and will have the courage to surround himself with people who will bring innovative ideas to our city. We need new leadership at City Hall.

I am proud to announce my endorsement for Chris Romer for Mayor.”

“To have someone like Theresa, with her record of public service, supporting me is humbling and encourages me to work even harder,” said Romer. “Theresa Spahn elevated the debate, and her insights on public safety – and on every issue – were invaluable.”

“Women voters in Denver define this race, and they will decide this race,” Romer concluded. “I am proud to have earned Theresa’s support, just as I hope to earn the support of all Denver voters.”

Scot Kersgaard has been managing editor of a political newspaper, editor and co-owner of a ski town newspaper, executive editor of eight high-tech magazines (where he worked with current Apple CEO Tim Cook), deputy press secretary to a U.S. Senator, and an outdoors columnist at the Rocky Mountain News. He has an English degree from the University of Washington. He was awarded a fellowship to study internet journalism at the University of Maryland's Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. He was student body president in college. He spends his free time hiking and skiing.

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