June 19, 1991 |
Wellington Webb was elected the first black mayor of Denver after mounting a walking campaign last month to revive his lagging campaign. Webb defeated District Attorney Norm Early, also black, who was a heavy favorite to win a month ago. With 96% of the precincts reporting, Webb had 57% of the vote to Early's 43%. Early conceded the race. "We together did the impossible," Webb told a gathering of supporters on a downtown Denver street. "This is a victory of people over money.
June 8, 1995 |
Mayor Wellington Webb was reelected to a second term Tuesday, defeating a city councilwoman after a bruising campaign marked by racial divisiveness and allegations of political cronyism. Webb won, 54% to 46%, against Mary DeGroot, according to the Denver Election Commission. Political observers had said Webb's chances of winning hinged on voter turnout in heavily black and Latino areas.
May 22, 1991 |
Results of Tuesday's municipal election ensured that voters in Denver will elect their first black mayor in a June 18 runoff contest. District Atty. Norm Early was the top vote-getter, but he fell short of a majority needed to succeed Mayor Federico Pena. Early, 45, will face the second-place finisher, City Auditor Wellington Webb, 50, who also is black, in the runoff. With all precincts reporting Tuesday night, Early had 50,004 votes, or 41%, to Webb's 36,674, or 30%.
May 21, 1991 |
The city of Denver, controlled by the Ku Klux Klan in the mid-1920s, now is on the verge of electing its first black mayor. In a campaign marked by contrasting personal styles, not racial tension, Norm Early, the city's district attorney since 1983, is expected to top a field of seven candidates for mayor in today's municipal election. He may even gain the majority of votes necessary to stay out of a June 18 runoff election.