Moments ago, results came in showing Regina Romero as the clear winner of Tuesday’s General Election for Tucson Mayor. She had previously won the Democratic primary election with over 50% of the vote in a 3-way race.
With her victory, Romero becomes the first woman to lead the City of Tucson since its founding in 1775. She will be the first Latina and the second Mexican-American Mayor of Tucson after Estevan Ochoa, who was in office from 1875 to 1876 while Arizona was still a territory. Latinos currently make up about 43% of the City of Tucson’s population. When she takes office, Romero will also become the only Latina Mayor in the 50 most populous U.S. cities. Romero was first elected to the Tucson City Council in 2007, becoming the first Latina to serve on the Council and the first woman to represent Ward 1. You can read her full bio here.
“Tonight’s results affirm that Tucsonans are ready for bold leadership that will take our city to the next level of progress and prosperity,” Romero said. “At a time when our national politics have been sewn with division, Tucsonans remain united by our shared desire to promote a safe, just, and sustainable city that provides economic opportunity for our families and future generations. This movement is open to everyone – whatever your background, whatever your party, whoever you voted for – let’s work together! We will always be one Tucson – somos uno.”
“Almost a year ago when we kicked off our campaign, we set out to create a people-powered movement that represents everyone – DREAMers, immigrants, environmentalists, workers, unions, educators, business owners, and women’s empowerment and LGBTQ+ communities. This is the ethic that I will bring to the Mayor’s office – that only together can we continue building the economically vibrant, culturally rich, and inclusive city that we all love.”
“With tonight’s results, the people of Tucson have stated loud and clear that they are ready for leadership that will act boldly on climate change, that will fight for an economy that empowers all Tucsonans with opportunity, and that will promote a good quality of life and thriving neighborhoods in every corner of our city. By working together with businesses, non-profits, school districts, the University of Arizona, Pima Community College, and community advocacy organizations, we can foster a local economy that supports small businesses, creates thousands of good-paying jobs, and develops the skilled workforce of the future.
“I want to congratulate my colleague Paul Cunningham for his re-election as well as welcome Lane Santa Cruz and Nikki Lee to the City Council. I look forward to working with them and the rest of the Council in serving the people of our beautiful City. I also want to thank Ed Ackerley and Mike Cease for running campaigns with integrity and based on the issues. I hope to continue working with them and anyone else who shares a common interest in continuing to move our city forward.
“It has been an honor to serve on the City Council, and I am humbled by the community’s support for the vision that we have set forth for the Mayor’s office. Let’s get to work.”