Somerton

Romero Campaign

UPDATED 8:08 p.m. NOV. 5

Democrat Regina Romero, who was raised in Somerton, will become the first Latina mayor in Tucson's history, based on preliminary results.

Romero, a graduate of Kofa High School in Yuma, had 56 percent of the vote Tuesday, according to results posted by Tucson city election officials.

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Democratic U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva was in Somerton Thursday where he met with tribal leaders from the Cocopah and Quechan Native American tribes. Congressman Grijalva spoke to KAWC about a new immigration policy introduced Wednesday by Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan that would allow U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials to detain migrant family units indefinitely.

Grijalva also spoke about how he stays informed about what is going on in south Yuma County while he is out in his other Congressional offices in Washington or Tucson.

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The City of Somerton held its annual 4th of July Celebration on Thursday evening. The night featured live music, a watermelon eating contest, food and, of course, fireworks.

UPDATE JUNE 5: Saying they had no choice but to meet their operations budget, Somerton city councilmembers voted Tuesday night to increase water and wastewater rates for residents.

An independent investigation found that the former Somerton police chief brought discredit to the department by allowing the use of city police cars for off-duty travel to the Phoenix area, city officials announced.

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