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Tucson City Council member Regina Romero announces run for mayor

Posted at 2:56 PM, Jan 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-10 10:07:51-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — A member of the Tucson City Council is running for higher office.

Councilmember Regina Romero announced Wednesday she's launching a bid for mayor of Tucson. She will face off against former Arizona lawmaker and governor candidate Steve Farley, as well as Joe Rocha.

Mayor Jonathan Rothschild announced last month he wouldn't be seeking a third term for office. He was first elected in 2011 and was the first Democrat to lead the city since 1999.

“I am running for Mayor of Tucson because I am prepared to fight for what is right for working families, provide a safe, clean and environmentally sustainable city with access to economic opportunity for everyone,” Romero said in a press release.

Romero was first elected to the city council in 2007, and was the first Latina to do so in the city's history. Her ward covers parts of downtown Tucson, the west side and the south side.

The primary election is on Aug. 27, 2019 and the general election is on Nov. 5, 2019.