Incumbents Win Re-election, TCFC Looking to the Future

Incumbents Win Re-election, TCFC Looking to the Future

TCFC Leadership congratulates all of the candidates, volunteers and participants that worked hard in the 2023 City of Tucson election

Every incumbent including Mayor Regina Romero and Council Members Paul Cunningham, Lane Santa Cruz and Nikki Lee were re-elected. We congratulate them on their victories and once again, want to extend our hand in partnering together to make Tucson a better place for all. 

Running for office demonstrates the best and strength in keeping America the strongest democracy in-the-world.

Now there is much work to be done to get Tucson on track to becoming a safer, more prosperous city for all.

Mayor Romero put it perfectly: “When the opponents talk about Tucson being dirty and full of crime and homelessness, I know Tucsonans know the quality of work that we’re doing. They pay attention to what we do and not what they say.”

To Mayor Romero- the reality is exactly as you put it, Tucson is “dirty and full of crime and homelessness” and it has not gotten better in the past 4 years. 

32% of registered voters voted and only 14% voted for Mayor Romero. The result is hardly a strong mandate for the Mayor and council members to double down on failed policies.

It is disappointing that 70% of the voters do not feel it necessary to make their vote count by taking the time to mail-in the ballot sent directly to their home or drop it off at a polling place.  We know that people care, apparently not enough. 

Change can't happen unless people take the time to vote, a right that our fathers, and ancestors died for protecting our democracy. 

Tucson Crime Free Coalition Looking to Future

As TCFC enters its second year, we have taken steps to become a 501c(4) which we believe will help us take our Coalition to a broader level. TCFC is working on longer term solutions, including legislation at the state level. In the near future TCFC will be unveiling our longer term goals and strategies.

In the short term, we are advocating strongly for the City of Tucson to do two things:

1. Replicate the signage on City medians that TCFC successfully had placed on County medians to curtail panhandling. TPD needs to enforce the current City of Tucson ordinance that prohibits panhandling from medians.  You will notice it works!  You don't see panhandlers on medians with these signs.

2. The City of Tucson must make the bus system safe for drivers, riders and the community at large, while maintaining financial fare relief for riders that qualify and return fares for riders that do not.

Read more on these topics below:

1. No Panhandling Signage in Pima County - plans to expand into City. Tucson is a very generous and giving community, we must educate people to the fact that giving $5 to an individual panhandling on a median, likely just bought them 10 fentanyl pills. This is the opposite of helping, it is in fact enabling.  It's better to donate to agencies that help people in need where they can get services. In addition, it is against the law.

Here is the current City of Tucson Ordinance that is not being enforced:

Sec. 20-501. Prohibited conduct.

No person shall stand upon or otherwise occupy a street or highway and solicit or attempt to solicit employment, business, contributions, donations or sales of any kind from the occupant of any vehicle. For the purposes of this section, "street" or "highway" means the entire width between the boundary lines of every way, including traffic medians, if a part of the way is open to the use of the public for purposes of vehicular travel.

(Ord. No. 9058, § 1, 5-18-98; Ord. No. 9479, § 2, 10-23-00)

"The Mayor and Council can pass, amend or otherwise nullify Ordinances. With regard to the Tucson Code and specifically "Section 20-501. Prohibited Conduct," this remains in the Tucson Code and has not been amended (since 10/23/2000) or nullified.

2. TCFC will continue to expose the Crime on the Sun Tran bus system that our elected leaders were/are trying to hide.  We support restoring fares to public transit with reduced or no fare for those that qualify.  Currently our busses are used as a tool in organized retail theft as well as the movement of crime around our community. Drivers and riders are put in hostile and dangerous conditions where public drug use is common, as are assaults, stabbings and at least one shooting. Let us not forget that many of our riders are also school age children. 

Mayor Romero and Council want take $9M+ every year to fund fare-free transit we don't need that should instead be used for public safety including hiring more TPD officers that are now not able to respond to our 911 calls because they have defunded TPD.

TCFC obtained an internal Sun Tran report showing that Sun Tran is bleeding more money than is being reported.  Since Regina Romero was elected Mayor in 2019, Sun Tran has increased its security budget from $306,371 in 2019 to $1,033,905 in 2023!

Here are the Sun Tran security spending by year:

2019 - $306,371
2020 - $644,787
2021 - $649,373
2022 - $797,064
2023 - $1,033,905

Total: 3,431,501 

(Just for security that isn't working)

TCFC will continue to advocate for a safer community for all and hold our elected officials accountable for any decisions that they make that is contrary to our mission statement.


  • Jim B.

    In response to Mia Shandy. Did you vote? If so who did you vote for?
    FYI – I and my family voted for change, not more of the same.

  • DM

    Sharon Bronson has had to resign the PCBS due to a fall. She was a beacon of reason in an increasingly left leaning board. I hope the people of her district will not look to any candiate that Grijalva endorses.

  • MC

    “I know Tucsonans know the quality of work that we’re doing”. Yes, yes we do.

  • AzMountaineer

    Elections have consequences. The consequences of this one, will be more wokeness. In other words, high taxes, high crime, and high homeless people. Tucson deserves better. God save the Queen, she ain’t no human being …

  • Anonymous

    While I agree with your concerns and share them, I disagree with your tactics. I was an early member and have watched this space go from being a space where you educated people about the problems to becoming very partisan against the Mayor and her administration. That’s a turnoff, especially if you want to get more people to join the cause to improve Tucson. Educating people about the concerns without alienating the Mayor and others is a better way to proceed. Education takes all forms, including writing editorials (in many places), billboards, hosting forums, sponsoring events, etc. Keep your tone neutral and you will find more people want to become involved. I’m an independent voter and I listen way more carefully to the candidates than party affiliated voters. From what I read in the comments (and often in the body of the newsletter) the focus is on blaming and shaming people, not the actual problem. Its turning into a whiny version of ‘Next Door’. No wonder people are turning off. Just state the facts, and trust people are intelligent enough to make good decisions.If you do receive non-profit status, you will be eligible for grants and other fundraising. But you will have to stop the partison attacks on elected members. There has been far more IRS scrutiny on non-profits than ever before. If you don’t follow the rules, you can lose your status.
    btw, I’ll be interested to see if my comments get published or one must agree with you to be given a voice in this space.

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