For Immediate Release, July 13, 2023

Contact:  Kierán Suckling, (520) 275-5960,
                Brett Hartl, (202) 817-8121,

Center for Biological Diversity Action Fund Endorses Reelection of Tucson Mayor Regina Romero

TUCSON, Ariz.— The Center for Biological Diversity Action Fund, the 501(c)(4) political arm of the Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity, today announced its endorsement of Regina Romero for reelection as Tucson mayor.

“Regina Romero’s integrity and wisdom make her an outstanding Tucson mayor who’s earned another term,” said Kierán Suckling, president of the Center for Biological Diversity Action Fund. “She’s been a true leader who stood up against so many horrible attempts by the Trump and Ducey administrations to harm our environment and Tucson’s vibrant communities. Tucson residents and all the wildlife who call the desert home have benefited from her leadership.”

During her first term, Mayor Romero worked to make Tucson a more vibrant, sustainable, resilient city and championed environmental justice. Among her accomplishments:

  • Declared a climate emergency and facilitated the creation of Tucson Resilient Together, the city’s pioneering Climate Action and Adaptation Plan.
  • Secured funding from state and federal sources to remove PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) “forever chemicals” from Tucson’s water, safeguarding the city’s long-term water supply.
  • Implemented the city’s EV-Readiness Roadmap, including securing nearly $50 million in federal funding to fully decarbonize the city’s bus transit fleet, establishing Tucson as the leader in electric-bus adoption across the Southwest.
  • Passed EV-ready requirements for new residential, multi-family, commercial and retail developments.
  • Spearheaded the Tucson Million Trees initiative, which secured funding to increase the tree canopy citywide, with a primary focus on the most heat-vulnerable communities and neighborhoods.
  • Conserved 26,000 acre-feet of water allocated from Lake Mead and demonstrated leadership throughout the region to conserve water in the face of climate change-fueled droughts.
  • Created the Los Reales Sustainability Campus, transforming a city landfill into a community resource and an energy source fueling cleaner transit vehicles.

The Center Action Fund is a national nonprofit organization that advocates for legislation and legislators that will advance a progressive environmental agenda. The Center Action Fund is the 501(c)(4) affiliate of the Center for Biological Diversity, but these organizations’ names are not interchangeable. This news release is from the Center Action Fund, not the Center for Biological Diversity.