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Mayor Romero proposes Karin Uhlich to replace Durham on city council

Karin Uhlich
Posted at 12:07 PM, Feb 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-03 14:10:48-05

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — Tucson Mayor Regina Romero has proposed a familiar name to temporarily replace an outgoing member of the city council.

The mayor announced Wednesday her nomination of Karin Uhlich to replace Councilmember Paul Durham, who announced his resignation from his Ward 3 seat earlier this week. Uhlich represented Ward 3 from 2005 to 2017, before Durham took over.

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"Karin has previously been elected by the residents of Ward 3, knows the neighborhoods, understands city government, and can step into the role without a learning curve, which is particularly valuable during these unprecedented times," Mayor Romero said in a news release Wednesday morning.

Durham also signaled his support for the nomination.

“Karin knows the issues facing Ward 3, and will be able to step in and work with my staff to ensure the continuity of services," he said in the news release.

Durham announced his resignation Monday, but won't officially step down until March 1. The councilmember said he was stepping down in order to deal with personal matters. Late last year, Durham announced he would be stepping back from duties on the council to help care for his husband who has terminal cancer.

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The mayor and council are scheduled to meet on March 1 to vote on Uhlich's nomination. She'll serve until the next election, which is later this year.