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DENVER-Mayor-elect John Hickenlooper has received the blessings of the Denver Board of Ethics to put the restaurants he controls into a blind trust. While not absolutely necessary, Hickenlooper, the first mayor of Denver in decades to actively run businesses, wants to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest. His long-term business partner, Lee Driscoll, will probably run the blind trust.

“There are no stringent barriers to your holding elective office and owning businesses in the city,” according to the board’s statement.

“You should under no circumstances attempt, directly or indirectly, to influence any city officials, officers or employees with respect to actions or decisions that would specifically affect one or more of the businesses in which your hold an interest,” the board’s chair, Charles Savage, added.

Hickenlooper is the majority owner of the privately held Wynkoop Brewing Co. Its biggest restaurant/bar is Wynkoop Brewing in LoDo, the city’s first brewpub. His other restaurants are the Cherry Cricket, Appaloosa Grill, Goosetown Tavern, Pearl Street Grill, Red Room, and the Wazee Supper Club.

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