Apr 9, 2011 10:40 AM by AP posted By James H Egbert

Candidates line up for tough job - Denver mayor

DENVER (AP) - Ten candidates are running to be Denver's next mayor to deal with a $100 million budget deficit, an over-budget mass transportation project, and a police department under scrutiny.

The long list of candidates makes it almost certain that there will be a runoff between the top two vote getters after the May 3 election. That's because the next mayor need to be elected by at least 50 percent of the vote.

The new mayor will be instrumental in the mass transit expansion known as FasTracks. He or she will also manage a police department that has generated criticism over excessive force allegations.

The candidates include council members Michael Hancock, Carol Boigon, and Doug Linkhart. Also former state Sen. Chris Romer, former prosecutor Theresa Spahn, and James Mejia, who led the construction of Denver's new Justice Center.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)



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