Regina Romero Sets Eyes on Becoming Tuscon’s First Latina Mayor
Councilwoman Regina Romero pushed for a groundbreaking win earlier last month, defeating two candidates to claim the Democratic primaries for a position as mayor of Tuscon, Arizona.
NBC sees a high chance that the 44 year-old Arizona native will win the November 5 election, as Tuscon remains largely Democratic despite Arizona’s Republican tendencies. Her win last week was a clear majority with 49.5%, while her competitors Steve Farley and Randi Dorman received 37.7% and 12% of the votes respectively, according to NBC.
Her reason for running for office?
“I’m running to be the Mayor of Tucson because I believe we all deserve a safe, clean, just, and sustainable city that provides economic opportunity to all working families,” she says on her website.
Born to Mexican immigrant farm workers, Romero is the youngest in a family of six children and had worked as the director of the Center of Biological Diversity’s Latino engagement. If she wins November 5th’s election, she would be the second Latinx to do so; the first Latinx person to hold office as city mayor in Tuscon was Estevan Ochoa in 1875, when much of Arizona was still just territory.
Congratulations on the win, Ms. Romero!