Category Archives: Tucson

Ballot Initiative Proposes to Make Tucson a Sanctuary City

Joel Feinman

Zaira Livier

Public Defender Joel Feinman and community organizer Zaira Livier propose to put a ballot initiative before Tucson voters in November that will make Tucson a sanctuary city, like San Francisco, Chicago, and New York.

“We envision a Tucson that serves as a safe refuge for all people regardless of their immigration status, race, color, age, gender identity, ethnicity, ability to speak English, religion, sexual orientation, or economic status,” according to the People’s Defense Initiative, which Feinman and Livier co-founded last April.

Titled the Tucson Families Free & Together initiative will prohibit city police officers from detaining people on the basis of immigration status, and from assisting in the enforcement of federal immigration laws, and minimize record-keeping of communications between Tucson and federal authorities.
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Women candidates for Mayor of Tucson (1991 to 2019)

Now that Ward 1 Councilmember Regina Romero (D) announced her bid for Mayor of Tucson, I wondered how many other women have run for this top position. Here’s the stats from the past (not including write-ins):

November 2011 General  – Mary DeCamp (G) who lost to Jonathan Rothschild (D, political newcomer). She got 4.94% of the vote.

November 2003 General  – Kimberly Swanson (L) lost to Mayor Robert Walkup (R). She got 2.67% of the vote.

November 1999  General –  Molly McKasson (Ward 6 Councilmember, D) lost to Robert Walkup (R), political newcomer. She got 39.45% of the vote.

Primary 1999 –   Betsy Bolding (D, got 34.09%),  Ward 2 Councilmember Janet Marcus (D, got 11.96%) , Ward 6 Councilmember Molly McKasson (D, got 44.84%) all ran for Mayor in Dem primary

November 1995 General –  Sharon Collins (R) lost to Mayor George Miller (D). She got 33.92% of the vote.

November 1991  General –  Gay Lynn Goetzke (L) lost to George Miller (D, Ward 3 Councilmember). She got 10.06% of the vote.

Primary 1991  –  Emily Machala (D) also ran in the Dem primary and got 4.34% of the vote, lost to George Miller.

City of Tucson election summary only goes back to 1991: https:/ww/w.tucsonaz.gov/files/clerks/Election_Summary_Report_1991_-_2017_0.pdf

Should Ward 1 Councilmember Regina Romero win the Democratic primary against former LD 9 State Senator Steve Farley, and then the General Election, she will be the first woman Latina Mayor of the City of Tucson.  There may still be other candidates announcing for Mayor, as it is still early in this race.

In the past Ward 2 Councilmember Janet Marcus and Ward 6 Councilmember Molly McKasson ran for Mayor, and both lost.




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Ward 1 Councilmember Regina Romero announces for Mayor of Tucson

“I am very excited to share that I have decided to run for Mayor of the City of Tucson! (from 1/9/19 FB page)

I have been serving Tucson residents in my capacity as Ward 1 Council Member for the last 11 years. I am strongly committed to continue moving our great city towards prosperity and to lead as Mayor of Tucson. See press release below for details and visit my Facebook campaign page to learn more: Regina Romero.

Please share with your networks and comment your thoughts below! Let’s make history together in 2019! #VoteReginaRomero #TucsonMayor2019″ 

Ward 1 Councilmember Regina Romero

 

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Nucleus Club with Steve Farley

 

“Join the Monthly Meeting of the Nucleus Club on January 10th with guest speaker Steve Farley, former LD 9 Arizona State Senator and former Gubernatorial candidate.

In addition, we will have special announcements from Nucleus Club Board on the future of Nucleus Club and announcement of officer elections.

Viscount Suite Hotel
4855 E Broadway Blvd.
5:30pm – Cocktails and Appetizers
6:00pm – Program

For more information on the Nucleus Club and how you can become a member, please visit: https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/nucleus_membership
or email: Nucleus@PimaDems.org.”

Carolyn’s note:  After 12 years in the Arizona House & Senate, former LD 9 Senator Steve Farley is considering a run for Mayor of the City of Tucson, since current Mayor Jonathan Rothschild is not running for his 3rd term.   Steve just lost in the 3 way Democratic August 2018 primary for Governor, to Dr. David Garcia. Steve first ran unsuccessfully for Ward 6 City Council primary in August 2005. 
UPDATE: Steve Farley will be announcing his bid for Mayor of Tucson tonight. Ward 1 Councilmember Regina Romero announced her campaign for Mayor yesterday. So there will be a Dem primary on August 27, 2019.

Beyond Tucson 2019 on Jan. 12

BEYOND IS ABOUT MOVING FORWARD—AS INDIVIDUALS AND AS A COMMUNITY.

“What started out as a single day of commemoration has grown to a year-round commitment to public health.

Following the tragic shooting on the morning of January 8, 2011 in Tucson, Arizona at Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ “Congress On Your Corner,” the Southern Arizona community spontaneously came together to honor, remember, and show solidarity for those that were killed, injured, or traumatized by the event.

As the first anniversary of the tragic day approached, Family members of slain congressional aide Gabe Zimmerman saw an opportunity to not only pay tribute to their son and the other victims, but to provide meaningful activities for community members to reconnect with each other while participating in health-related outdoor activities.

In January of 2012, they launched the inaugural BEYOND event, which included as many as 36 individual events spread across the entire greater Pima County region on a single day—including hikes, fun runs, bike rides, scavenger hunts and outdoor dance opportunities.  The annual tradition has continued each year thereafter.

Since that time, through the growing support and collaboration of its community partners, BEYOND has evolved—literally going “beyond” its initial mission—and has now formed into its own 501c3 organization whose mission is to promote the use of good science and rational analysis to improve individual and community health.

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