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Randi Dorman, developer, staking out bid in Democratic mayoral primary

She's still playing it mum in public, but developer Randi Dorman is making moves to join the race for Tucson mayor — talking to prospective campaign staffers as well as potential donors.

Dorman, who owns R+R Develop with her husband, Rob Paulus, is prepping to jump into the Democratic primary, to face off with declared candidates Steve Farley and Regina Romero.

Dorman declined to confirm her plans to TucsonSentinel.com, but said she was "speaking with voters and exploring just what it means to run for Tucson mayor."

"I'm really looking at what it takes, not just the money," she said.

Dorman, a New York native who moved to Tucson in 2001, has been behind such projects as the Ice House Lofts adaptive reuse project, Barrio Metalico, and the redevelopment of part of the Trinity Presbyterian Church property at 4th Avenue and University Boulevard.

Dorman, a singer and booster of the arts, has been the chair of the Downtown Tucson Partnership business district, and was president of the Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson.

Already in the race are two experienced Democrats, Councilwoman Regina Romero — who will not seek re-election to her West Side ward seat — and former state legislator Steve Farley — who lost the Democratic gubernatorial primary last year. Sam Nagy, a mental health care worker, has filed to run in the primary. North Side Councilman Paul Durham has floated his name as a potential candidate as well, and advertising agency owner Ed Ackerley has filed to run as an independent candidate, bypassing the primary if he can collect enough nominating signatures. A handful of perennial and fringe candidates have also filed to run.

No serious Republicans have stepped forward to run for mayor.

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Correction: An earlier version of this report included incorrect punctuation in the name of Dorman’s firm.

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Jan 18, 2019, 8:41 pm
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I’ve known Randi Dorman for more than 15 years,  both as a friend and as a realtor, working to sell their extremely popular projects (which she develops and her husband designs, architect Rob Paulus.)  These two have been so instrumental in improving downtown.  Randi is an inspiration with her involvement with downtown development, the arts, and women’s issues. Modern art and modern architecture have both been promoted brilliantly by this woman.  I am absolutely thrilled to learn that Randi’s considering running, and she has my full support!

Jan 18, 2019, 7:07 pm
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Ms Dorman ” said she was “speaking with voters and exploring just what it means to run for Tucson mayor.”
More significant might be to explore what it means to serve as mayor of our city.  One thing that voters can be confident about the declared Democratic candidates is that they know what the job entails and what the limits of a mayor’s authority are.

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