James Mejia today said he has known both Chris Romer and Michael Hancock for years. His endorsement of Romer, he said, is because he believes Romer is most prepared to be mayor and shares many of Mejia’s own ideals.
His statement follows:
“Over a year ago I entered the Mayoral campaign because after a decade of serving the last two Mayors, I believe I have a perspective and ideas that can best serve Denver. Throughout the campaign I believe that some of those ideas were embodied by precise, specific and well written policies to Move Denver Forward. I am very proud of my team that took a relatively unknown candidate to receiving over 26% of the vote in this campaign.
The most politically expedient decision in the race is to not endorse one of the remaining two candidates. We ran a highly respected race and if I were to stay out of the race, it wouldn’t create any ill will. But I talked to my campaign team and family about it, and this is a team decision. We entered the Mayoral race because of our ideas for Denver and now we see a clear way of implementing those programs and policies.
I know Michael Hancock well. We have known each other for 20 years and I respect his work and his career. I also know Chris Romer and the Romer family. Chris’ brother Tom and I went to high school together. But this isn’t about who I know best, this is about who is best equipped to move Denver forward.
In their endorsement, the Denver Post mentioned that there are two candidates ready to be Mayor – me and Chris Romer. Now, only Chris Romer remains in the race and I unequivocally support his candidacy to become the next mayor of Denver.
Our campaigns will merge completely, I will take a prominent role in Chris Romer’s mayoral bid and together we will ensure that Denverites are put back to work, that Denver is positioned as the sustainability capital of the West, that our world-class city has a world-class education system, and that we maintain our excellent arts and culture system.
I look forward to working with Chris Romer and wholeheartedly support his campaign to become the next Mayor of Denver.”