Candidate: John Hickenlooper
Contest: U.S. Senate
Occupation/City: former governor, Denver
John Hickenlooper is a former geologist who made a career in the restaurant and brewery business after being laid off in the 1980s and opening Wynkoop Brewery in LoDo. He served two terms as Denver mayor and two terms as Colorado governor. He briefly ran for the Democratic presidential nomination before abandoning that effort to run for the nomination for U.S. Senate. The primary winner will face incumbent GOP Sen. Cory Gardner in the general election.