TUCSON, Ariz. - Regina Romero convinced Tucson voters to promote her from City Councilmember to Mayor.
Now it's time to deliver on campaign promises and turn ideas into reality.
Interviewed the day after her win, she said, “We're going to first and foremost, work with the entire community, whether they voted me or not. I want to be a Mayor who serves every single resident of the City of Tucson."
Romero promises to improve public safety, roads and economic development are common pledges for a Mayor's candidate but she went beyond that to call for a comprehensive program to adapt to climate change.
The incoming mayor says the idea climate action should wait until shortcomings in police, fire and roads are fixed, misses the point that city government does not have to back-burner one important priority to work on another.
"One of the most important things that we have to work on is preparing our city for climate resiliency and doing that immediately does not take from the fact that we want to make sure that we work on on our quality of life issues right that we want to work on creating high wage long term jobs in our community economic development issues, infrastructure issues, investing in our, in our roads investing in our parks, investing on police and fire.”
Romero says Tucson can mitigate climate change with the help of Federal grants and the sort of business investment that builds jobs.
As for the team that turns policy from Mayor and Council into day to day action, she's pleased with the current city manager and department heads and says it's important for staff keep priorities in line with the Mayor and Council the people elected.
"So that we can get things done, that the voters are two of Tucson want to see happen."