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Juan Francisco Padrés is a candidate for the Tucson City Council in Ward 3, following the retirement of Councilman Paul Durham.

In 2020 Juan ran for the Pima County Board of Supervisors in the Democratic primary.  Juan is facing Democrat environmentalist Kevin Dahl.

Juan is a very active member of the community. He currently serves as:

  • President of the non-profit Tucson-Sister Cities Inc.
  • Commissioner on the Pima County Small Business Commission
  • Pima County Workforce Investment Board (WIB)
  • Southern Arizona Logistics Education Organization (SALEO)
  • Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED)
  • Arizona-Mexico Commission (AMC)
  • Tucson Metro Chamber’s Emerging Leader’s Council (ELC).

He has experience working in the private sector in two Fortune 100 companies, as a Business Owner and Entrepreneur, and in city government as an Economic Development and International Trade Specialist.  Most recently Juan worked as the Public Affairs and Business Development Manager for TuSimple, a technology company that specializes in artificial intelligence and autonomous trucking.

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Currently, Juan is back at work as an entrepreneur and small business owner.  He runs an import-export and distribution company that specializes in craft beer wine and spirits primarily from Mexico.

He is a native of Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. Juan came to Tucson in 1999 to attend the University of Arizona where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and later his Master’s of Business of Administration at the UA’s Eller College of Management.

Juan is a Flinn-Brown Fellow and was a 40 under 40 honoree in 2016. Juan is married to his wife Maria Paloma, and has two daughters, Paloma and Rebeca, and a beagle named Bruno.


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