ELECTION: Romero becomes Tucson’s first female mayor; voters soundly reject Sanctuary City Initiative

Complete results from general election

Tucson 2019 mayoral election results

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) — The polling locations across southern Arizona were relatively quiet Tuesday night, but voters were still making their voices heard.

Tucson voters in the ballot-by-mail general election were tasked with many decisions — most notably choosing a mayor and deciding whether or not to become Arizona’s first so-called sanctuary city through the passage of Proposition 205.

There were also city council races for Wards 1, 2 and 4.

The results listed below are not official until validated by election officials. You can check for more results HERE.

City of Tucson


  • Regina Romero (Democrat) defeated Ed Ackerley (Independent) and Mike Cease (Green Party). In the early results, Romero was leading with 56 percent of the vote to Ackerley’s 40 percent and Cease’s 4 percent.
Tucson Mayor-elect Regina Romero.
Tucson Mayor-elect Regina Romero. (Source: Regina Romero)

Proposition 205

  • Voters rejected the measure 71 percent to 29 percent. If passed, the Sanctuary City Initiative would have restricted the actions of Tucson police officers regarding the determination of immigration status.

Proposition 409

  • Voters rejected the measure 60 percent to 40 percent. If passed, the proposition would have almost doubled the salaries for the Tucson mayor and city council.

Tucson City Council

  • Ward 1: Lane Santa Cruz (D) defeated Sam Nagy (R) and Matthew Smith (G).
  • Ward 2: Paul Cunningham (D) defeated Ewart Williams (R), William Peterson (G).
  • Ward 3: Nikki Lee (D) defeated Michael Hicks (R), Cara Bissell (G).

Pima County and Beyond

Tucson residents weren’t the only ones voting. There were several propositions for budget overrides and bonds across southern Arizona.

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