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Tucson City Council member Nikki Lee spoke at Democrats of Greater Tucson on January 4, 2020, and outlined her three-pronged plan for 2021:
- A stronger Tucson: investing in roads, first responders, parks, small business, and attracting high-wage jobs.
- A smarter Tucson: using technology to improve city services and smart, sustainable public transit.
- A sustainable Tucson: promoting responsible growth and preserve the natural landscape.
Councilwoman Nikki Lee is an Air Force veteran, IT project manager, wife, and mother of three. She was elected in 2019, and her term ends in 2023. She represents Ward 4, which runs from 22nd Street south to Interstate 10.
Lee’s experience being stationed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and finding a job that fit her tech and entrepreneurial background after she left the Air Force gives her insight needed on the City Council. “I am one of those people who struggled to find work, but didn’t want to move,” she said.
Raised in a small town in rural Illinois, Nikki grew up in a working-class family. Her father is a miner and a preacher and her mother spent years owning and operating a small business.
She described numerous accomplishments including starting the Ward 4 newsletter, delivering 4,000 masks to schools in Ward 4, sponsoring a blood drive, holding four virtual town halls, responding to constituents reliably, strengthening the citywide wi-fi system for lower-income residents, and introducing the Arbinger Institute training for council members and staff.
In a new achievement, she now serves in the National League of Cities on three committees: the Military Communities Council, the Information Technology and Communications Committee, and the University Communities Council. As an active NLC member, she is advocating for Tucson’s needs on a national scale and in coalition with other major cities across the country.