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by Carolyn Classen, blogger

Ward 1 Councilmember Dr. Lane Santa Cruz

“Lane Santa Cruz has represented the Westside, Southside, and Downtown of Tucson in Ward 1 since 2019. She is a second-generation Tucsonan, born and raised in the Southside. She will join us to speak about her first-term accomplishments and plans for their re-election and next term.

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As a council member, Lane’s mission is to serve as the bridge between working families and city hall. She has a Ph.D. in Teaching, Learning, and Sociocultural Studies from the University of Arizona. Lane continues to teach courses at the U of A’s Department of Mexican American Studies and College of Education.

Before running for office, Lane worked as a council aide for Ward 1 and spent more than a decade working on issues related to sexual/gender violence, food justice, migrant rights, DIY bicycle mechanics, and ethnic studies. Lane is also a mother of four children, ages 3 to 13.”


Carolyn’s note: Democrat Lane was former Ward 1 Councilmember/now Mayor Regina Romero’s council aide prior to running for this Council seat in Nov. 2019.  She defeated Republican Sam Nagy 57.76% to his 37.24%, and Green candidate Mathew Smith got 4.87% of the vote.  As of March 17, 2023 she may face off with activist Miguel Ortega (rematch from August 2019 primary) in the Dem primary and a Republican in this re-election race:


Filing deadline for nomination petitions is April 3, 2023.



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