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Tucson swears in first Latina mayor

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Regina Romero
Regina Romero, Tucson's first Latina mayor

Regina Romero has deep ties to Yuma County

TUCSON, Ariz. (KYMA, KSWT, KECY) - The city of Tucson has sworn in its first Latina mayor.

Regina Romero is the first woman of any ethnic background to lead the city of 600, 000. Romero served three terms on Tucson's city council before running for the mayor's office. She was sworn in Monday morning along with two new city council members.

Mayor Romero grew up in Somerton, the daughter of immigrant farm workers. Both of her parents joined her on stage Monday as she took her oath of office. Romero graduated from Kofa High School and got her undergraduate degree at the University of Arizona, before attending the prestigious John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Romero thanked her family and supporters during a speech Monday. She told the people of Tucson her door is open to "everyone and anyone who shares the goal of lifting our city to the next level of progress and prosperity."

Romero is married to Ruben Reyes, a district director for Congressman Raul Grijalva. The couple has two children.

Arizona News / Politics / State & Regional News

Lisa Sturgis

Lisa Sturgis recently returned to KYMA as its Digital Content Director, but she has a long history with the Desert Southwest.

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