Pena is first Hispanic elected mayor of Denver

Federico Pena, a former legal-aide attorney and two-term state legislator, defeated former District Attorney Dale Tooley in a runoff election Tuesday for mayor of Denver.

Texas-born, Mr. Pena is the first Hispanic mayor for the city of almost 500, 000 people. Mayor William McNichols Jr., who has been in office since 1969, finished a distant third in last month's election. The runoff drew a high turnout of 72 percent of the city's registered voters, with 51 percent voting for Mr. Pena.

The victor put together a coalition of labor unions, Hispanics, and new residents to stake out the middle ground. ''Race was never an issue,'' he said in his victory speech.

We want to hear, did we miss an angle we should have covered? Should we come back to this topic? Or just give us a rating for this story. We want to hear from you.