Union representatives from the Teamsters, teachers, city police and firefighters gathered to endorse Steve Farley, a Democratic candidate for Mayor of Tucson.
“I am so humbled by your endorsements,” he said. “These are the people who do the work out on our streets, in our schools, and in our buses. Everywhere we need them, our first responders are there for us, and we need to be there for them. That’s exactly what I’ll do as mayor.”
“My parents were both public school teachers, so I understand how public education is the foundation of our success as a community. This city has to do everything it can to support our public schools and our teachers.”
“We need more commissioned officers and firefighters on the streets. We need to give them the support they need so that they are there for us. We need excellent transportation for everyone. We need to make sure our bus drivers and bus mechanics are working in great conditions and get the wages they need.”
“I am really looking forward to working with all these organizations to create the city that we all deserve.”
- American Federation of Teachers. Andrea Espinoza, a teacher with Local 8002, said “Educators and schools severely underfunded even with the progress we made with #RedForEd. We have not recouped the funding that was there in 2008. I as well as many teachers, believe that an advent is needed for new leadership and this is Steve Farley. He knows that education is the key investment we need to make in our future. He has been a strong clear voice for our teachers and our students. He understands that we teachers deserve respect for being professionals. We’re proud to endorse Steve Farley for mayor of Tucson.”
- Tucson Firefighters Association. Joyce Carrasco said, “We are so happy that Steve Farley has decided to run for mayor. He’s always been an advocate for public safety. We hope that you join us in supporting Steve Farley for mayor.
- Tucson Police Officers Association. Tony Archibald, the union president, said “Steve’s a good person. He listens. Did you know that every single week he rides bus lines himself, he does this to talk to people and hear their concerns. He cares about our community. We are very proud to endorse Steve Farley for Mayor of Tucson. We need a leader who gets things done, and Steve has gotten things done in every step of his career.” Ariel Giessuebel added, “But more than that, Steve is somebody that follows through. He gets things done. Steve Delivers. As law enforcement officers, we appreciate that.”
- Teamers Local 104. Trish Muir said, “Tucson needs Steve Farley to be our next mayor. Our members who drive buses and repair and maintain them, they need good roads and infrastructure to do their jobs. Steve Farley gets it. That’s why he supported Prop 101 to rebuild our roads. It’s also why he helped pass the RTA, which improves roads all over Tucson and Pima County, and it wouldn’t have happened without Steve Farley. When it comes to infrastructure Steve Farley delivers results. Talk is cheap but the results are not. We are proud to endorse Steve Farley for mayor.”
Farley is competing with real estate developer Randi Dorman and former city councilwoman Regina Romero in the Democratic primary vote, to be held on August 27. Romero has picked up endorsements from elected officials, AFSCME Local 449, Southwest Carpenters Local 1912, the AFL-CIO and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Dorman has been endorsed by the Tucson Association of REALTORS® and the Tucson Metro Chamber.