A Mile High

Denver buys Peña's dream

In cavernous Currigan Hall, firecrackers exploded and blue and white balloons spelled out the winning name: PEÑA. Outside, young people cruised in cars down Denver's historic Larimer Street, chanting "Chicano power!" Echoing his campaign slogan, Federico Peña told the packed hall of supporters last week, "Let us create a great American city for the '80s."

Peña, 36, a wiry bachelor and former state legislator, topped former District Attorney Dale Tooley, 49, by fewer than 4,500 votes, out of the record 155,000 cast in Denver's mayoral runoff. His election makes...

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