For Immediate Release 

Wellington and Wilma Webb, two giants of Colorado politics, on Thursday announced they were formally endorsing the campaign of Mike Johnston for Colorado governor.

“This is a time for new and bold leadership in Colorado,” Mayor Webb said. “From watching his work over the past seven years, I know Mike has the vision and leadership to shape the future of Colorado for all its residents.”

“As a representative, I knew the importance of building coalitions across the state,” Rep. Webb said. ”From the day he opened his office in the heart of Northeast Denver I’ve been impressed by his deep commitment to our community and to building bridges to communities across Colorado.”

Wellington Webb served as Denver Mayor from 1991 to 2003 and oversaw an economic renaissance in the city, including creation of the South Platte River parks system, a revitalized downtown, and construction and opening of the state-of-the-art Denver International Airport. He also oversaw taxpayer-approved projects to build stadiums for the Rockies and Broncos, insuring their presence in Denver forever.

Wilma Webb served in the Colorado state House of Representatives from 1980 to 1993 and was the first African-American representative elected by her caucus to the powerful Joint Budget Committee. She also worked tirelessly to see Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday recognized as a state holiday.

“I’ve been at this for 40 years, and Mike is the kind of candidate who doesn’t come around very often,” Mayor Webb added. “He knows all parts of this state and understands the needs of both the young men outside his community office trying to find work and the single mom in Gypsum trying to put her kids through college. Mike is exactly the leader Colorado leads now”

The Webbs are political icons in Denver and Colorado, with a lifelong commitment to public service and Johnston expressed his gratitude to them for the confidence their endorsements showed in his campaign.

“I can’t imagine going on this journey without being accompanied by the man who walked across Denver to become mayor and the woman who first turned Northeast Denver into a political force in the statehouse,” Johnston said. “I have long been grateful to the Webbs for their counsel and wisdom over the years, and now I am humbled by their faith in me, and their belief in a brighter future for Colorado.”

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