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Regina Romero winner in Tucson mayoral race

Posted: 8:04 PM, Nov 05, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-06 10:09:22-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — Former Tucson City Councilmember Regina Romero has been elected to serve as the city's next mayor, according to unofficial results released by the city Tuesday evening.

Romero will be Tucson's first female and first Latina mayor.

The Democrat won 55.7 percent of the vote in initial results, handily beating independent candidate Ed Ackerley with 39.69 percent and Green Party candidate Mike Cease with 3.9 percent.

RELATED: Profile: Tucson Democratic Mayor Candidate Regina Romero

Romero has represented Ward 1 on the City Council since 2007. She was the first Latina elected to the City Council, and will be the first to to serve as mayor of Tucson -- a city with a Hispanic population of nearly 43 percent, according to the most recent census data.

Democrats from around the country tweeted their congratulations to Romero on election night, including Senate candidate Mark Kelly, Arizona Superintendent Kathy Hoffman and presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Julian Castro.