2011 Tucson mayoral election

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Tucson, Arizona mayoral election, 2011
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Nominee Jonathan Rothschild Rick Grinnell
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 46,733 33,932
Percentage 54.96% 39.91%

Mayor before election

Bob Walkup

Elected Mayor

Jonathan Rothschild

The Tucson, Arizona mayoral election of 2011 occurred on November 8, 2011 to select the next mayor of Tucson, and occurred simultaneously with the elections to the Tucson City Council wards 1, 2 and 4.[1] Although not term-limited,[1] incumbent mayor Bob Walkup did not run for re-election,[2] leaving Tucson's chief executive office open and competitive, with seven candidates filing to run in the race.[3]


Because elections in Tucson are partisan in nature, party primaries were held on August 30, 2011.[3]

Current Republican Mayor Bob Walkup did not run for re-election to a third term. Traditionally, Tucson is a Democratic stronghold with its position as a university town and its large Hispanic American population (41.6% of the city's population according to the 2010 Census).[4] Thus, a change of party control of the mayoralty is a real possibility.

For the first time in Tucson, all of the elections this year (mayor and city council) were conducted via mail, due to a decision by the city council in April.[5]



  • Jonathan Rothschild[3]




  • Rick Grinnell


  • Joseph Maher Jr.[3]


Tucson mayoral election, 2011[6]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jonathan Rothschild 46,733 54.96
Republican Rick Grinnell 33,932 39.91
Green Mary DeCamp 4,198 4.94
write-ins 164 0.19
Total votes 85,027 100.00


  1. ^ a b "About City of Tucson Elections" | http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/clerks/about-city-tucson-elections | accessed June 2, 2011
  2. ^ Nintzel, Jim (February 22, 2011). "Mayor's Race 2011: Walkup's Out, Asta's In". Tucson Weekly. Retrieved August 9, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Bodfield, Rhonda (June 1, 2011). "Seven file by deadline seeking Tucson mayor's job". Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved August 9, 2011.
  4. ^ Zepeda, Alyson. "Arizona's Hispanic population grows in the 2010 Census. http://www.insidetucsonbusiness.com/news/top_stories/arizona-s-hispanic-population-grows-in-census/article_2c0b0a18-50dd-11e0-bff5-001cc4c002e0.html. Third paragraph. Date accessed: June 2, 2011
  5. ^ "City elections coming soon". http://www.fox11az.com/news/politics/City-elections-122686509.html. Last paragraph. Date accessed: June 2, 2011.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-12-13. Retrieved 2012-01-06.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)