(Tucson, A.Z) – Today, Mayor Regina Romero announced her endorsement of Ann Kirkpatrick to represent Arizona’s Second Congressional District.
“Ann is a tireless champion for Arizona’s working families. From fighting for universal health care to safeguarding and expanding women’s rights, to being an outspoken voice on immigration reform, opposing the border wall, advocating for immediate action on climate change, and being a strong ally for racial and economic justice, Ann has proven that Arizonans can rely on her to deliver results. I am proud to endorse Ann Kirkpatrick for Congress,” said Mayor Romero.
In November 2019, Romero was elected Tucson Mayor, becoming the first woman and first Latina Mayor of Tucson, as well as the only Latina Mayor in the 50 largest U.S. cities. Before taking office as Mayor, Romero was the first woman to represent Tucson’s Ward 1 on the Tucson City Council. While on the Council, she helped lift Tucson out of the Great Recession to its most prosperous decade in recent history, helping spur the creation of thousands of high-wage, long-term jobs. She has a track record of acting boldly on climate change, affordable housing, infrastructure investment, immigrant and workers rights’, and access to a high-quality education
“I am so honored to have Mayor Romero’s endorsement. She has proved time and again that she is a champion of issues near and dear to Tucsonans’ hearts — like immigration, education, and justice reform — and that she is ready to take action on them. Regina has a long history of enacting positive change in our community, and I look forward to working with her to advance Tucson and improve the lives of Southern Arizonans,” said Rep. Kirkpatrick.
Kirkpatrick was born and raised in rural Arizona. She grew up on an Apache reservation in the White Mountains, and moved to Tucson to get her college education and start her family. She has performed a lifetime of service for Arizona families, working as a prosecutor in the Pima County Attorney’s office, and as a legislator, before serving in Congress. Ann Kirkpatrick has defended women’s reproductive rights in rural areas where families’ health services are often neglected. She has received continued support from women’s groups during her previous time in the House, and has been a key figure in the fight to protect health care funding from the GOP’s dangerous attacks.