Tucson elects first Latina mayor

Tucson elects first Latina mayor
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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.

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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. 

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