TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Tuesday was the primary election for the Tucson mayoral and city council races.
In the race to be mayor, three Democratic candidates fought it out for a spot in the general election on Nov. 5.
When the first set of results were released at 8 p.m., Regina Romero (22,255 votes) was way ahead of Steve Farley (16,949 votes) and Randi Dorman (5,606 votes) for the nod.
No Republican qualified for the mayoral race. Romero will face Ed Ackerley, an independent who ran unopposed, in the general election.
Shortly after the results were released, Farley issued a concession statement and congratulated Romero.
“While I’m disappointed in the result, I stand behind the will of the people and support Romero to be our next mayor,” said Farley said. “We should all support Romero, because our new mayor will need ideas and participation from all Tucsonans. This is our city, all of us together.”
In the Ward 1 race, four Democrats battled it out for a seat on the city council.
Lane Santa Cruz (3,290 votes) was way ahead when the first results were released. Rob Elias (1,645 votes) was second and was followed by Miguel Ortega (1,527) and Sami Yrigolla Hamed (1,160).
Since there were no candidates from any other party in the Ward 1 race, Santa Cruz would secure the job if he holds on.
In the Ward 2 and Ward 3 races, Republican and Democratic candidates ran unopposed in the primary.
Paul Cunningham and Ewart Williams will battle in November to represent Ward 2 while Nikki Lee and Michael Hicks will fight it out to represent Ward 3.
The results are not official until verified by election officials.