Who will be Tucson’s next Mayor, since current 2 term Mayor Jonathan Rothschild is stepping down? First community forum to hear from 3 Democrats running for Mayor is scheduled for next Thursday April 18, at ENR 2 building on UA Campus. Info below:
“Come hear from the Democratic candidates for Mayor of Tucson in a FREE community forum!
Co-hosted by the University of Arizona Democrats and the Pima County Young Democrats, the forum will be take place on the campus of the University of Arizona in the heart of Tucson!
Where: Environment and Natural Resources 2 (ENR2) Building, Room N120 (first floor, NE section), 1064 E. Lowell St. (east of Park Avenue, north of E. 6th Street)
When: Thursday, April 18th, 5:30-7:30 PM (now 5:00 to 7:45 p.m., see schedule below)
Randi Dorman, Steve Farley, Regina Romero
Submit Your Question(s) Here: https://forms.gle/i7aLSzTSst6L92W26
FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Parking can be found in the 6th Street Garage next to ENR2 (please see University of Arizona Parking & Transportation Services for hourly rate).
If you’re planning on taking public transportation, the nearest Sunlink Streetcar station is on University Blvd. at Main Gate Square. The PURPLE Cat Tran also makes a stop at the 6th Street Garage right next door! (Sun Tran bus #3 also runs along E. 6th Street.)
Seating is FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED (Room capacity: 575)”
Carolyn’s note: Randi Dorman is a political newcomer and downtown developer. Steve Farley served 12 years in Arizona House & Senate (LD 28 and LD 9), and lost in the Dem Primary for Governor of Arizona in August, 2018. Regina Romero is the Ward 1 Councilmember, for 3 terms, married to Ruben Reyes, District Director for CD 3 Congressman Raul Grijalva. Another Democrat Denny Crafton, political newcomer, is a candidate for Mayor, but not a participant in this forum.
There are 2 Republicans running for Mayor (listed on the City of Tucson Elections page as candidates), as well as Independent Ed Ackerley (uncle of former LD 2 House Rep. Chris Ackerley) and 2 other independents/NPP (No Party Preference):
Deadline to submit nomination petitions is May 29, 2019 for the Primary on August 27.
Schedule for the community forum now posted on their FB page:
Dropped in & out of this first forum of the 3 Dems running for Mayor. After opening statements they answered questions about how to create a reliable public transit system; how deal w/ expanding energy conservation ordinances to low income residents; how change funding for schools & prevent another strike; to Randi: how address gentrification & rising property rates for historic neighborhoods; to Regina: how to deal w/ no overlap in voting on issues while still a Councilmember; to Steve: how familiar are you with Tucson city regulations having spent 12 years in Phoenix at the legislature; how work to insure Tucson is an immigrant welcoming city; why aren’t you supporting Sanctuary City initiative Tucson Families Free & Together; how work to attract small businesses in Tucson. Two “lite” questions were also asked about their favorite local coffee shop and their favorite Sonoran hot dog stand. Former Gubernatorial candidate Kelly Fryer, and Kristel Foster & Adelita Grijalva, TUSD board members in attendance.
Stay tuned for write up on this forum by fellow blogger Larry Bodine.
If you’re wondering how much these 3 Dem candidates have raised, here’s the latest of funds raised: https://www.tucsonweekly.com/tucson/the-skinny/Content?oid=24793455