Mayor of Tucson
Who am I?
Regina Romero epitomizes the American Dream in the Southwest. Raised by immigrant farmworkers in Somerton, Arizona, Regina is the youngest of six children and began breaking barriers early on as the first member of her family to vote and the first to graduate from college. She is a proud graduate of the University of Arizona and holds a post-graduate certificate from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. In 2007, Regina became the first Latina elected to the Tucson City Council and the first woman to represent Tucson’s Ward 1. She is a pro-child, pro-family and pro-choice mother of two bi-lingual, bi-cultural and bi-adorable children, Emiliano and Luciana, and has been married to Ruben Reyes for 15 years.
What am I fighting for?
I am running because we all deserve a just and sustainable City that provides economic opportunity to all Tucsonans.
My drive to represent women and working families as well as to protect our environment has earned me three terms on the City Council. While on the Council, I have helped lift Tucson out of the Great Recession to its most prosperous decade in recent history, writing the City’s Primary Jobs Incentive program and calling for the Creation of an Economic Initiatives Office – both of which have resulted in thousands of long-term, good-paying jobs. I have also championed issues such as equal pay for equal work and spearheaded the successful effort to pass universal earned sick and parental leave for City of Tucson families.
As Mayor, I will focus on developing an economic incentive program that will help small, locally-owned businesses thrive in the City, and work with experts to craft a citywide climate resiliency action plan to combat the imminent threat of climate change. I will also work to ensure the delivery of core services to city residents including investing in our roads, connections for pedestrians and cyclists, making our transit systems more reliable and affordable, and enhancing our parks and open spaces for our community to enjoy.
My DFA Values
I have an 11 year track record on the Tucson City Council of fighting for these very issues. Whether it be leading Tucson in challenging Arizona’s racist, anti-immigrant SB 1070 “Show me your papers” law, or leading the City Council in passing a “No Border Wall” resolution which prohibits the City from contracting with private contractors that profit off construction of the border wall, I have been at the forefront of social, racial, and economic justice issues. After the Great Recession when many wanted to eliminate social programs that help working families, I stood in the way and made sure they were left untouched. I do not advocate on these issues solely from my City Council office, but oftentimes on the streets at rallies, marches, picket lines and elsewhere. I have had and will continue to be a loud voice to make sure our City is empowering of all people - regardless of race, gender, immigration status, sexual orientation, religion, or background.