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.
UPDATE: Political newcomer/developer Randi Dorman has also entered the race for Mayor of Tucson, so now there are 2 women vying for that seat. Nomination papers are due on May 29, 5 p.m. for official candidate status with City of Tucson Elections.
UPDATE: August 2019 primary: Regina Romero won a 3 way race with 50.17%, Steve Farley 37.08%, Randi Dorman 12.46%.