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Tucson City Council Candidates

Ward 1

Lane Santa Cruz - Democrat

A second-generation Tucsonan, the Ward 1 council aide has spent 12 years in nonprofits and grassroots community efforts. The Desert View High School graduate earned a PhD and has taught classes at the University of Arizona.

Miguel Ortega - Democrat

The business and media consultant served as an administrator for his community media center, the chief of staff for Council Member Karin Uhlich and a community organizer. He also graduated from the University of Arizona.

Rob Elias - Democrat

Born and raised in Tucson, the father of one is the director of marketing communications at Tucson Botanical Gardens and owns a consulting practice. The former UA baseball player also co-foundered the Oro Valley Music Festival.

Sami Yrigolla Hamed - Democrat

The Arizona School for Deaf and Blind, Pima Community College and University of Arizona alum works for SAAVI Services for the Blind. He also served as a congressional aide for Rep. Raúl Grijalva for over seven years.

Ward 2

Ewart Williams - Republican

The New York native is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and has owned El Williams Plastering for 20 years. The New Rochelle High School alum studied at Pima Community College, Palomar College and MiraCosta College.

Paul Cunningham - Democrat (Incumbent)

Born and raised in Arizona, the incumbent city councilman started his career at the Ott Family YMCA before teaching at Apollo Middle School. He served Pima County Juvenile Probation Department, Army Reserve and National Guard.

Ward 4

Michael Hicks - Republican

Since moving to Tucson at an early age, the father of two served eight years on the TUSD Governing Board. The former TDOT ITS manager currently works for Professional Transit Management and is a PCC adjunct faculty member.

Nikki Lee - Democrat

An Air Force veteran, the mother of three worked in the information technology field for 19 years and currently works for the Aerospace & Defense industry. She was also a member of the Greater Tucson Leadership Class of 2017.

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City of Tucson Primary Election is Aug. 27. City of Tucson General Election is Nov. 5
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