05/05/2011 05:08 pm ET Updated Jul 05, 2011

Denver Mayor Race: James Mejia Concedes

The tight Denver mayoral race has just dropped down to two candidates. James Mejia has officially conceded today, leaving Chris Romer and Michael Hancock the last two candidates in the upcoming runoff election.

It does not come as a surprise, since Wednesday's most recent voter tally showed Mejia trailing Romer, the lead candidate, by roughly 3,000 votes in a race with a low voter turnout.

Mejia called Hancock to congratulate him on making the runoff on Wednesday night. He had congratulated Romer the night before.

Mejia remained optimistic and dedicated to the main platforms of his campaign when he released this statement on his Mejia For Mayor Facebook Page:

In just one more month, the next Mayor of Denver will be named and I am optimistic about our future. I know that our team has affected the direction of Denver's next steps and we may continue to play a role. I want to ensure that our ideas about moving Denver forward continue to be discussed including:
  • Renovating neighborhoods along the Platte River Valley
  • Supporting Denver artists and growing our world-class cultural institutions
  • Growing Denver's small business community by promoting our Buy Denver, Hire Denver initiative
  • Establishing Denver as the sustainability and new energy capital of the world"