Tucson Elects Regina Romero, The City's First Latina Mayor

By Associated Press
Published: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 8:10am
Updated: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 12:39pm

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Regina Romero
Regina Romero
Regina Romero

Tucson voters elected their first Latina mayor Tuesday. Regina Romero will be the first woman to lead Arizona's second-largest city.

Tucson's last Hispanic mayor was Estevan Ochoa, who was elected in 1875 — nearly four decades before Arizona became a state and just 21 years after the United States bought southern Arizona, including Tucson, from Mexico in the Gadsden Purchase.

Romero, who is on the city council, opposed the sanctuary city initiative, saying it's unnecessary given Tucson's welcoming attitude and policies toward immigrants.

"I am so proud and so humbled for tonight," she said in a victory speech.

Thanking her family, she added, "No single person can make history on their own."

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