- 1 Mayoralty
- 2 Campaign co-chairs
- 3 Center for Biological Diversity
- 4 Communist Party connections
- 5 Local Progress Board Members
- 6 Tom Steyer connection
- 7 References
In 2019 Regina Romero stood for Mayor of Tucson.
Center for Biological Diversity
Regina Romero March 30 2019· Center for Biological Diversity.
Communist Party connections
Regina Romero is very close to the Communist Party USA.
- Voters in Tucson took the first step toward making history on Aug. 27 (2019) when City Councilwoman Regina Romero won the Democratic nomination for mayor.
- Romero is expected to easily defeat independent Ed Ackerley and Green Party candidate Mike Cease in November to become Tucson’s first woman mayor, and also the first Mexican-American mayor since 1876 when it was a very small and overwhelmingly Mexican-populated town in the Arizona Territory. Arizona became a state in 1912.
- In the November general elections, voters will also be voting on an initiative to make Tucson a Sanctuary City for refugees.
- Romero took just over 50% of the vote in a heated race against two well-financed candidates, former state Sen. Steve Farley and newcomer Randi Dorman, who was backed by the business establishment and the local newspaper. Tucson boasts that it was the first place in the country to adopt publicly-financed election campaigns, and Romero was the only one of the three mayoral candidates to opt for public financing.
- Her two rivals had expected to outspend her with special interest contributions, but this tactic failed to overcome the massive support Romero had in the community and from grassroots organizations. She enjoyed strong support from labor, especially SEIU and UFCW, the Sierra Club, League of Conservation Voters, Planned Parenthood, and other progressive groups.
- Romero also benefitted from her longtime alliance with progressive Congressman Raul Grijalva’s and County Supervisor Richard Elias’s independent organized campaigning structures built over the last three decades. The election was by mail ballot only, but the door-to-door canvassing had to take place during the simmering Arizona summer with July and August temperatures seldom under 100 degrees.
- Democrats outnumber Republicans by two to one in Tucson. Only registered Democrats and independents can vote in the primary, but the “mail ballot only” system made it difficult for independents to participate. Independents received a letter offering them the opportunity to choose a party primary, but the letter arrived a whole month before the date candidates had to file for office, so many voters put the letter aside until they knew who the candidates would be. Of course, when one puts something like this aside it often gets misplaced and never used, so while it was possible to request a ballot by phone, thousands of independent voters, who usually vote, missed this election.
- The absence of Republican candidates for mayor also kept some voters away. In addition to a new mayor, Tucsonans will also be voting for three City Council seats. Tucson has an unusual system where council candidates are nominated in ward-only primaries but then elected by all voters citywide in the general election. Republicans will have candidates in only two wards, while the Green Party is fielding candidates for mayor and all three council seats. The City Council is expected to remain all Democratic.
- Too often working-class unity is undermined by this shortcoming, resulting in political activists who are too hung up on party labels and take the position of supporting only Democratic candidates, or never supporting “capitalist” Democratic or Republican candidates. Working people, like our class enemy, need to see electoral contests as an important arena of class struggle, take the people’s side strategically as well as ideologically, and not be obsessed with labels.
Regina Romero November 3, 2018 ·
Mayoral candidate Regina Romero was supported by her friend Senator Kyrsten Sinema.
Regina Romero Aug 22 2019.
I am so grateful for the support of my friend U.S. Senator @kyrstensinema . You've shown us the path of how to make history in #Arizona, and we plan to do the same in #Tucson. #WomenLead
Regina Romero, Kyrsten Sinema, May 2018.
Jon Miles connection
Regina Romero with campaign volunteer Jon Miles.
Regina Romero with Jon Miles, 2017.
Cesar Chavez holiday
Regina Romero March 31 2019·
One of the proudest moments of my service to City of Tucson residents and workers was leading the effort to create a paid holiday in honor of a native Arizonan, union leader, public education, voting rights and environmental justice advocate Cesar Chavez! Equal recognition goes to my colleagues on the Council for passing this unanimously: Paul Cunningham, Karin Uhlich, Shirley Scott, Richard Fimbres, Steve Kozachik & Mayor Jonathan Rothchild.
Cesar Chavez holiday activists
Regina Romero December 3, 2018 ·
Carolyn Trowbridge connection
Regina Romero November 10, 2017 near Tucson, AZ ·
Tuscon left representatives
Regina Romero September 20, 2018 ·
Eva Carrillo Dong reception with communists
On Wednesday, 15 September 2010, a reception in support of Eva Carrillo Dong was held Rigo's Mexican Restaurant 2527 South 4th Avenue Tucson, AZ.
Key attendess included Salvador Barajas, Sunnyside School Board Member Magdalena Barajas, Rolande Baker, Joe Bernick, Mary Carmen Donaldson, Hon. Dan Eckstrom, County Supervisor Richard Elias, Tucson City Council Member Richard Fimbres, TUSD Board Member Adelita Grijalva, James Hannley, Rigoberto Lopez, Raul Nido, Laura Portillo, Manuel E. Portillo, Tucson City Council Member Regina Romero, Albert Siqueiros, Janet Valencia and Steve Valencia. Baker, Bernick, Hannley and both Valencias were all affiliated with the Arizona District Communist Party USA.
Local Progress Board Members
Regina Romero July 16, 2018 ·
Tom Steyer connection
Tom Steyer and Regina Romero.
- [https://www.peoplesworld.org/article/tucson-on-road-to-elect-first-chicana-mayor/ Peoples World, Tucson on road to elect first Chicana mayor September 11, 2019 12:41 PM CDT BY JOE BERNICK]
- Eva Carrillo Dong facebook page, accessed September 23, 2011