Former Tucson, Ariz., City Council member Regina Romero (D) was elected the city’s mayor on Tuesday, becoming the first woman and first Latina to hold the office.

Romero won roughly 55 percent of the vote, according to Tucson’s ABC affiliate. Independent Ed Ackerley trailed Romero with around 39 percent, and Green Party candidate Mike Cease brought in 3 percent. 

The former councilwoman beat out two other Democrats in the party’s primary in August.


Romero previously worked as the director of Latino engagement at the Center for Biological Diversity in Tucson. 

While Tucson has long been seen as a stronghold for Democrats, Arizona has been more dominated by Republicans, though the state has been increasingly viewed as a battleground going into 2020. 

Arizona Sen. Martha McSallyMartha Elizabeth McSallyGOP senators introduce resolution opposing calls to defund the police No evidence of unauthorized data transfers by top Chinese drone manufacturer: study Senate Democratic campaign arm launches online hub ahead of November MORE (R) is facing an uphill reelection bid in the state against retired astronaut Mark Kelly (D), who has outraised McSally three quarters in a row. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE could also face an uphill battle in the state. 

A New York Times-Siena College poll released on Monday showed Trump trailing former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) in the state. 

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