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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.

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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.

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