DALLAS — After campaigning on an issue over which he has little control — education ­— newly elected Denver Mayor Michael Hancock will oversee major projects already under way in transportation and economic development as the city continues its recovery from the Great Recession.

Hancock, who had been a member of the City Council, easily defeated former JPMorgan investment banker and Colorado state Sen. Chris Romer in Tuesday’s runoff election with 58% of the vote. Both men are Democrats.

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