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A bigger fundraising slice for Hancock challenger

Author: Mark Harden - April 18, 2018 - Updated: April 18, 2018

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Denver Mayor Michael Hancock speaks at CES International on Jan. 5, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock may have the biggest stockpile of cash on hand for his potential 2019 bid for a third term, but a pizza and cannabis entrepreneur who wants to replace him has bested the incumbent in recent fundraising.

In finance reports filed over the last few days, Kayvan Khalatbari — founder of Sexy Pizza and the Denver Relief cannabis business — said he raised $69,569 in campaign cash across the first three months of 2018 for the mayoral race, while Hancock reports taking in $44,780 over that same period.

Still, Hancock remains well out in front when it comes to total cash on hand as of March 31: $402,298 to Khalatbari’s $38,173.

Through the end of March, Hancock has reported a total of $357,002 raised for a potential third-term bid, versus Khalatbari’s $101,060.

The election is next May.

Mark Harden

Mark Harden

Mark Harden is managing editor of Colorado Politics. He previously was news director at the Denver Business Journal; city editor, online news editor, state editor, national editor and popular music critic at The Denver Post; and an editor and reporter at newspapers in the Seattle area and San Francisco.