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Regina Romero Elected as Tuscon’s First Latina Mayor

Regina Romero, Mayor of Tuscon, AZ

As of Tuesday’s elections, Regina Romero made history by becoming the first female and Latina mayor of Tuscon, Arizona.

The historic win, which captured at least 53% of the votes, comes after her previously beating out two other Democrats in the primaries earlier in August. She will succeed Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and start her term next month.

Romero previously served as the director of Latino engagement at the Center for Biological Diversity and was the first woman to serve in the Tuscon City Council. As mayor, Romero promises to create a more inclusive environment that is immigrant friendly, and will continue to fight for equal pay and earned sick and parental leave.

In her victory speech on Tuesday night, Romero shares her hopes and dreams for Tuscon.

“At a time when our national politics have been sown with division, Tucsonans remain united by our shared desire to promote a safe, just and sustainable city that provides economic opportunity for our families and future generations,” she says. “This movement is open to everyone — whatever your background, whatever your party, whoever you voted for — let’s work together! We will always be one Tucson — somos uno!”

Congratulations, Ms. Romero!

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Vivian Wang

Vivian is a travel enthusiast and food connoisseur living in New York City whose curiosity and passion for languages and culture has taken her across eight countries over the past year. When not writing, she can be found snacking on street food or wandering in a museum.

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