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Aurora Mayor Hogan has cancer; won’t seek a 3rd term

Author: Mark Harden - March 27, 2018 - Updated: March 27, 2018

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Aurora Mayor Steve HoganAurora Mayor Steve Hogan. (Photo: Kathleen Lavine, Denver Business Journal, used by permission.)

Steve Hogan, who has been mayor of Aurora since 2011, has announced that he won’t seek a third term as he battles cancer.

The mayor of Colorado’s third-largest city made the announcement Monday in a Facebook post.

“As many of you may have heard, I have been dealing with some health-related issues over the last month,” he said. “What my family and I initially assumed was the flu has turned to a more serious diagnosis. I have cancer. I am working closely with health care professionals to evaluate all treatment options.”

Hogan said that, “while my primary focus will be on my health, I certainly will continue to serve Aurora along with my fellow elected officials, city management and employees … It continues to be my professional privilege serve as Mayor of Aurora. I am honored to help lead Aurora forward.”

Hogan was elected Aurora mayor in 2011, succeeding Ed Tauer, and was re-elected in 2015. His term expires in November 2019.

“I am eligible to seek re-election in 2019. I will not be doing so,” he said in his post. “For the great City of Aurora, it is time for new leadership. I am thankful for the 34 years of representing Aurora.”

Hogan served a single term in the Colorado House of Representatives in the mid-1970s, representing an Aurora district. He later served a total of six non-consecutive terms on the Aurora city council from the late ’70s to 2009.

He twice ran unsuccessfully for Congress in the early 1980s as a candidate in the 6th Congressional District.

“I would like to thank everyone for their unwavering support and friendship in this difficult time,” Hogan said via Facebook. “… I have taken the liberty of drawing on the collective strength of my family, friends and our great city and am ready to begin my journey to recovery. I humbly accept your prayers and certainly appreciate your well wishes…”

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, in a tweet addressed to Hogan after the announcement, called him “a true gentleman and a great mayor for your residents. You have supported so many, and now we all stand in support of you. I’m praying for your strength and triumph over cancer.”

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.