During the One Denver inauguration event, elected officials stressed bringing all residents together as the city continues to grow, highlighting homelessness, wages and affordability as issues to tackle in the immediate future.
City council president and District 7 Councilmember Jolon Clark opened the event, which included invocations from religious leaders in Denver, as well as an inauguration address from Mayor Michael B. Hancock. The theme of the event was centered around One Denver, and Clark said everyone was there to celebrate the newly elected officials who represent the voices of all the city’s residents.
“This is your building, put here by the people of Denver for their democracy to work,” Clark said. “There is no better place to be today for our municipal officers to take their oath to serve the residents of this great city.”
Judge Theresa Spahn swore in councilmembers, Hancock, the city auditor and the clerk and recorder at the event on July 15 at the City and County building, 1437 Bannock St.
Former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb and Gov. Jared Polis attended the inauguration.
Around a dozen protestors also attended the event, with one woman shouting for the city to “stop the sweeps,” reffering to police sweeps of homeless camps, while Hancock was being sworn in. She was escorted off the property by Denver police officers.
Former mayoral candidate Kalyn Rose Heffernan was also protesting at the event. She carried a sign that read “everybody’s got a right to live.” Heffernan, along with other protesters at the event, called for Denver to end the homeless camping ban.
After city officials were sworn in, Hancock took the stage for his inaugural address. He also touched on homelessness in the city, as well as the national political climate and immigration. The speech focused on the future of Denver, including mental health, parks and affordable housing, as well as growth and development.
“We came to make a city where each neighborhood can become complete, with libraries and parks, with good schools, with plenty of mobility options, and no shortage of affordable housing,” Hancock said. “We hold true that growth should be directed to where it makes sense, while empowering our neighborhoods to have a greater say in what affects the character and design of their community.”
For a full video of the inauguration event, go to https://youtu.be/g8Pr3OUexp4.
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