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The 2019 Municipal Election represents a critical moment for our community. We saw historic voter turnout in this year’s Primary Election. Voters are gaining awareness of the importance of local issues that directly affect their day-to-day lives. We have to make sure that we maintain this level of voter engagement for the General Election and build on this momentum for 2020.
Lane Santa Cruz, candidate for Ward 1, is a native Tucsonan who grew up on the west and south sides. She graduated from Desert View High School and earned her PhD in Teaching, Learning, and Sociocultural Studies at the U of A, where she is now an Instructor. Lane is running for Ward 1 City Council to bring a fresh voice to City Hall and represent the needs of working families. She’s a former Ward 1 Council Aide and has spent over a decade working on issues such as sexual/gender violence, food justice, migrant rights, ethnic studies, and mobility justice. Her goal is to make sure that city policies are developed from the ground up.
Paul Cunningham, candidate for Ward 2, is a native Tucsonan, public school teacher, and longtime community leader with 22 years of professional and volunteer
public service experience. A 1992 graduate of Rincon High School, Paul has a B.A. in History from the University of Arizona and a master’s degree from ASU. Paul served in the Army Reserve and National Guard from 1993-2001. Currently, he is a public school teacher at Gridley Middle School. He has served on the Tucson City Council since 2010 and has fought to improve our roads, invest in our parks, keep public pools free for kids, fund public safety, and expand our water conservation programs.
Nikki Lee, candidate for Ward 4, grew up in a small, blue-collar, farming town in the Midwest. She joined the U.S. Air Force at 17 and came to Tucson over 15 years ago to serve at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. After completing her service, she chose to stay in Tucson to raise her family and embark on a new journey. Now, she’s running for City Council to serve the people of Tucson. As a veteran, mom, and IT specialist, Nikki knows the importance of planning for our future, problem-solving, and finding long-term innovative solutions.
Together, we can continue strengthening our community around our shared values: investing in our youth; supporting unions and worker’s rights; protecting our environment; diversifying economic opportunities; promoting equity & inclusion.