Regina Romero

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Regina Romero
Regina Romero - 2020 01.jpg
42nd Mayor of Tucson
Assumed office
December 2, 2019
Preceded byJonathan Rothschild
Member of the Tucson City Council from Ward 1
In office
2007–2019
Personal details
BornSeptember 1974 (age 46)
Somerton, Arizona
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Ruben Reyes
Children2
EducationUniversity of Arizona (BA)

Regina Romero (born September 1974) is an American politician. She is mayor of Tucson, Arizona, having been elected after previously serving on the city council.

Career[edit]

Romero was raised in Somerton, Arizona. She graduated from Kofa High School in Yuma, Arizona,[1] and the University of Arizona.[2] She earned a postgraduate certificate at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.[3]

Romero worked as the Latino outreach director for the Center for Biological Diversity.[4] Prior to her election as mayor, Romero served three terms as a Tucson city councilwoman, having first been elected to the city council in 2007.[4]

Romero ran in the 2019 Tucson mayoral election. She won the Democratic primary in August 2019, defeating state senator Steve Farley and developer Randi Dorman.[5][6] After winning the mayoral primary, her main general election opponent was Ed Ackerley, who was a longtime Democrat running as an independent in hopes of receiving conservative votes. She defeated Ackerley in the general election.[4]

Romero is the first-ever female and first-ever Latina mayor of Tucson,[7] and the first Latino mayor of the city since Estevan Ochoa, who was mayor from 1875 to 1876.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Romero is married to Ruben Reyes, a district director for U.S. Representative Raúl Grijalva.[8] They have two children.[2]

Electoral history[edit]

City Council[edit]

2007
2007 Tucson City Council Ward 1 Democratic primary[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Regina Romero 3,333 80.51
Democratic Ken Green 788 19.03
Democratic Write-in 0.46
2007 Tucson City Council Ward 1 Democratic primary[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Regina Romero 42,556 72.86
Green Beryl Baker 15,551 26.62
Write-in Write-ins 0.52
2011
2011 Tucson City Council Ward 1 Democratic primary[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Regina Romero (incumbent) 4,695 76.16
Democratic Joe A. Flores 1,420 23.03
Democratic Write-in 50 0.81
Turnout 6,165
2011 Tucson City Council Ward 1 Democratic primary[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Regina Romero (incumbent) 42,411 64.74
Green Beryl Baker 22,301 34.04
Write-in Write-ins 794 0.19
Total votes 65,506 100
2015
2015 Tucson City Council Ward 1 Democratic primary[12]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Regina Romero (incumbent) 3,506 90.92%
Democratic Write-in 85 2.20%
Total votes 3,591 100
2015 Tucson City Council Ward 1 election[13]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Regina Romero (incumbent) 45,367 55.04
Republican Bill Hunt 33,141 40.21
Write-in Write-ins 261 0.32
Total votes 3,619 100

Mayoral[edit]

2019 Tucson mayoral Democratic primary[14]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Regina Romero 24,592 50.17
Democratic Steve Farley 18,175 37.08
Democratic Randi Dorman 6,109 12.46
Democratic Write-in 137 0.28
Total votes 49,013 100
2019 Tucson mayoral election[15]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Regina Romero 47,273 55.72
Independent Edward Ackerley 33,673 39.69
Green Mike Cease 3,281 3.87
Write-in Write-ins 615 0.72
Turnout 84,842 100%

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Calderón, Victor. "Tucson Mayor-Elect Regina Romero Was Raised in Somerton's La Mesa Neighborhood". KAWC.
  2. ^ a b "Tucson elects 1st female mayor in Councilwoman Regina Romero". Azcentral.com. October 20, 2016. Retrieved November 6, 2019.
  3. ^ "Regina Romero becomes first Latina mayor of Tucson, Arizona". CNBC. November 6, 2019. Retrieved November 7, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c Oxford, Andrew (November 5, 2019). "Tucson elects 1st female mayor in three-term Councilwoman Regina Romero". AZ Central. Retrieved November 6, 2019.
  5. ^ "City of Tucson Primary Election August 27, 2019 STATISTICS" (PDF). City of Tucson. September 3, 2019. Retrieved October 1, 2019.
  6. ^ Ferguson, Joe (July 27, 2019). "Poll: More than a third of voters undecided in race to be Tucson's next mayor". Tucson.com. Retrieved November 4, 2019.
  7. ^ a b Nuño-Pérez, Stephen; Gamboa, Suzanne (August 28, 2019). "Regina Romero wins Democratic primary in Tucson, poised to be city's first woman, first Latina mayor". NBC News. Retrieved October 27, 2019.
  8. ^ Smith, Dylan (August 15, 2019). "Ads bashing Romero campaign over 'Trump tie' funded by connections of RNC's Bruce Ash". Tucson Sentinel. Retrieved November 7, 2019.
  9. ^ a b "Election History Report 1991 – 2013" (PDF). City of Tucson, Arizona. Retrieved October 28, 2019.
  10. ^ "Election Summary Report City of Tucson Primary Election 2011 Summary For Jurisdiction Wide, , All Races Official Canvass August 30, 2011" (PDF). City of Tucson. September 2, 2011. Retrieved October 26, 2019.
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 13, 2011. Retrieved January 6, 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "City of Tucson Primary August 25, 2015 Official Canvass STATISTICS". City of Tucson. August 31, 2015. Retrieved October 26, 2019.
  13. ^ "CONSOLIDATED ELECTION CITY OF TUCSON JURISDICTION WIDE RESULTS NOVEMBER 3, 2015" (PDF). City of Tucson. Retrieved October 26, 2019.
  14. ^ "City of Tucson Primary Election August 27, 2019 STATISTICS" (PDF). City of Tucson. September 3, 2019. Retrieved October 1, 2019.
  15. ^ "UNOFFICIAL RESULTS CITY OF TUCSON GENERAL AND SPECIAL ELECTION NOVEMBER 5, 2019" (PDF). Tucson, Arizona. November 5, 2019. Retrieved November 6, 2019.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jonathan Rothschild
Mayor of Tucson
2019–present
Incumbent