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Cunningham seeks re-election; other Council candidates file for primary

With two open seats and a handful of Democrats and a single Republican filing so far for this year's City Council elections, there is yet to be a competitive primary race — although that's likely to change in West Side's Ward 1.... Read more»

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Steve Farley announces run for Tucson mayor

After weeks of public discussion, former state legislator Steve Farley said Thursday morning that he will join in the Democratic primary for Tucson mayor.... Read more»1

Regina Romero running for Tucson mayor

The first of what may be a slew of candidates for Tucson mayor has announced she's running: Regina Romero will not seek re-election to her West Side seat on the City Council, and will instead seek the Democratic nomination for the city's top post.... Read more»

Shirley Scott to retire from City Council next year

There'll be at least one open spot on Tucson's City Council in 2019, along with no incumbent mayor on the ballot and the possibility of other councilmembers seeking the top seat. Shirley Scott won't seek re-election after nearly a quarter-century in office.... Read more»

Businessman Joe Scott, husband of Councilwoman Shirley Scott, dead at 78

Joseph L. Scott, husband of longtime Tucson Councilwoman Shirley Scott, died Saturday while visiting his ill brother. Scott, who operated Scott Supply Services for decades, had a heart attack.... Read more»

Full 9th Circuit to take another look at Tucson elections

A full panel of appeals court judges will review Tucson's municipal elections system, officials said Wednesday. In June, an 11-member panel will hear oral argument over the city's appeal of an earlier decision by three judges that held Tucson's elections to be unconstitutional.... Read more»

Judge nixes Republican case to overturn City Council election

A Superior Court judge ruled Monday against a request by a pair of Republican candidates who sought to be declared the winners of last month's Tucson election. Kelly Lawton and Margaret Burkholder won their East Side wards, but lost in landslides in the total vote count.... Read more»

Court hears GOP suit to overturn City Council election

A Superior Court judge will rule within a week on a lawsuit by a pair of Republican candidates who are seeking to be declared the winners of last month's Tucson election. Kelly Lawton and Margaret Burkholder won their East Side wards, but lost in landslides in the total vote count.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Beard: Republican candidates' suit a chance to fix Tucson elections

On Tuesday the Council certified Paul Cunningham and Shirley Scott the "winners." How do you do that when the rules determining that are unconstitutional? When the Supreme Court makes a 5-4 decision about a matter of law it is sometimes dismissed as a split decision but it is still the law of the land. In this case we have an appeals court decision that says the rules of this election are unconstitutional.... Read more»1

City Council appeals 9th Circuit election ruling

The City Council voted Tuesday to appeal last week's ruling of a 9th Circuit panel that found Tucson's election system unconstitutional. The Council also discussed moving ahead with putting changes to elections on the ballot for voter approval.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Despite GOP lawsuit, judge's ruling seems to favor city-wide elections

The shark has just poked his head out of the waves and watched the Pima County Republican Party sail over his head on water skis. The party that refused to mount a full-fledged campaign and has called city elections "Jim Crow" oppression now wants to sue incumbents Paul Cunningham and Shirley Scott out of a job.... Read more»9

Republicans sue to be declared Council winners

Even though they lost the city-wide vote, two of the three GOP candidates for City Council are asking a judge to declare them the winners, based on a 9th Circuit ruling that Tucson's elections are unconstitutional. Kelly Lawton and Margaret Burkholder won their East Side wards, but lost in landslides in the total vote count.... Read more»1

What the Devil won't tell you

Should GOP crow about 9th Circuit tossing Tucson elections?

Tuesday's ruling tossing out Tucson's elections is neither that shocking, nor a game changer. In fact, I'm trying to figure out what Republicans are crowing about because they haven't proven adept at the sort of all-out campaign required to win over skeptical voters. They were great at it, once.... Read more»2

GOP Council candidates won East Side, still lost in landslides

In a reversal of the last Tucson City Council election, two of the Republican candidates led the vote in the wards they sought to represent but lost the overall city vote, a TucsonSentinel.com analysis showed. Incumbents Shirley Scott and Paul Cunningham trailed in the count in their East Side wards, but still won in overall landslides.... Read more»3

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