The 2011 Denver Mayoral Race Quiz Answers

The Colorado Statesman

Below are the answers to the 2011 Denver Mayoral Race Quiz.


1. e — Kennedy’s name was mentioned in some quarters as a possible candidate following her loss to Walker Stapleton in the state treasurer’s race last fall, but she quickly disavowed any interest in running for mayor and later endorsed Romer.

2. c — Linkhart’s parents share names with the title characters of the 1993 film starring Johnny Depp, Mary Stuart Masterson and Aidan Quinn.

3. c — Boigon’s headquarters were across the street from Panera in the tony shopping district.

4. d — Hancock’s team hoped some luck would rub off from their headquarters site, which is the same building that housed the campaigns of Ken Salazar, Bill Ritter and last fall’s coordinated Democratic campaign.

5. b — Linkhart’s headquarters were chosen, in part, because of proximity to a Light Rail stop.

6. e — Mejia’s campaign took over a space once occupied by an art gallery, and Romer made the offices his North Denver outpost after winning Mejia’s endorsement and merging the two campaigns.

7. a — On the south side of City Park, Romer’s team boasts one of the signature views of Denver from its headquarters — virtually the same scene depicted on a mural at Denver International Airport.

8. f — Spahn’s was the sole campaign to situate its headquarters on Colfax, Denver’s longest street.

9. d — All the candidates on stage did their version of The Dougie, a dance made popular by the hip hop song “Teach Me How to Dougie” by the group Cali Swag District. Coincidentally, First Lady Michelle Obama made news when she did The Dougie a month later during a visit to a Washington, D.C., middle school to promote physical fitness.

10. a and f — Despite intense pressure, Boigon refused to name her second choice, while Spahn said she would pick Danny Lopez, a friend from her old northwest Denver stomping grounds.

11. b — The phrase “pot holes” appears only once on the three top candidates’ campaign sites, in a post on the Romer site that reprints the Denver Post’s endorsement.

12. e — So far, Romer hasn’t used the title of the bestselling 1998 motivational book about adapting to change.

13. b — Peckman’s complex, innovative solutions to city problems could rarely be expressed in 90-second answers at debates, so the candidate regularly referred voters to his website.

14. e – Wolf, who endorsed Romer as “the second-best businessman in the race” the day after the general election, applied a business-like approach to most questions about city problems.

15. d — Simpson, an operator on the city’s 311 information line, touted his status as a regular citizen who didn’t bring political baggage to the race.

16. c — Mejia routinely pointed to his success managing the city’s parks and rec department during tough economic times as an example of his approach to Denver’s budget problems.

17. a — Romer honed his position as an outsider through the early stages of the campaign with nearly constant references to the conversations he planned to have with Denver stakeholders.

18. b — As part of his People’s Plan, Hancock proposed building a system of hydroponic greenhouses to grow food locally and create jobs by capturing some of the revenue that flows to far-away farms.

19. d — Boigon said she learned some of her resourcefulness from her mother, who helped support the family playing the ponies in Michigan.

20. f — During his senior year in high school, Hancock donned a horse costume to portray Huddles, the Broncos mascot, for the team’s 1986 regular season and its trip to Super Bowl XXI, which ended in a loss to the New York Giants.

21. e — Linkhart said he sometimes got so distracted from the campaign’s long hours he recently forgot to replace the nozzle after filling up with gas.

22. a — A veteran marathoner, Mejia ran the Colfax Marathon last month and even laced up for races when he was still a candidate — though he admitted he “didn’t run for time” at the Cherry Creek Sneak, instead spending most of the race visiting with voters.

23. c — Noting that he misses regular mountain biking with his buddies most of all during the busy campaign season, Romer acknowledged his extra padding makes it more of a challenge to get up inclines but boasted that it gives him a significant advantage going downhill.

24. b — Spahn said mentors encouraged her to set aside her rebellious ways and get her GED after she came up short her senior year. She went on to get a law degree and work as a magistrate judge, solidifying her belief in the importance of education.

25. e — Hancock’s campaign added “all” to his slogan soon after unveiling the first version.

26. b — Romer embraced Hancock’s characterization of him as a candidate who wasn’t afraid to “ruffle some feathers” as part of his campaign as an outsider to city hall.

27. b — At several debates, Romer waved a tiny video camera he said Denver Police should carry at all times, adding that the devices would both reduce instances of police misbehavior and increase convictions in domestic violence cases.

28. d — Mejia’s name appeared on Romer yard signs last month, prompting some to wonder whether Mejia was being treated like a running mate, but Romer said it was merely a demonstration that he was intent on surrounding himself with the strongest advisors, including former rivals.

29. e — The political organization poured fliers and mailers on Denver voters in the weeks after it registered with the city but before any required disclosures that would reveal who was behind it. A Denver Post Political Polygraph determined some of its mailers contains “whoppers” — statements wildly at odds with the truth — and, over all, “leans deceptive.” Campaign finance filings were due after press time.

30. e — The Romer campaign kept at its powerful get out the vote efforts in the wake of the disappointing poll results while expressing confidence that the poll was in error. Contrary to the thrust of the campaign’s argument, however, in eight statewide primary and general election contests in Colorado last year, Survey USA accurately predicted the results of seven races in polls taken immediately prior to the election. The firm not only pegged the winners but came close to predicting the final margins in the Republican Senate primary, the Republican gubernatorial primary, the governor’s race, the U.S. Senate race, and contests for attorney general, secretary of state and state treasurer, missing only the Democratic Senate primary between Michael Bennet and Andrew Romanoff.

Score yourself

25-30 right: Applications for deputy mayor should be in by June 17
15-24 right: It must have been exhausting moderating all those debates
5-14 right: Probably a relief your spouse didn’t make the runoff
0-4 right: It’s not too late to form your own 527 and mail out some fliers