November 2, 2021 / Modified nov 2, 2021 10:37 p.m.

Tucson voters decide on minimum wage, city council members

Dahl elected as Kozachik, Fimbres sails to reelection.

360 244 sum city hall Tucson City Hall seen from El Presidio Plaza.
Steve Riggs/AZPM Staff

A proposal to raise Tucson's minimum wage to $15 an hour was passing with 60% of the vote in unofficial results from a citywide election that concluded Tuesday.

Proposition 206 would increase the minimum wage in Tucson to $13 an hour after April 1, 2022. That would be up from $12.80, which is the rate that takes effect in January. The rate would increase incrementally until reaching $15 an hour in 2025.

The rate would then be increased based on inflation.

Proposition 206: Increasing the minimum wageUpdated Nov. 8, 2021   7 P.M.

% Votes
Yes 59% 52,907
No 34% 30,895

Voters also elected three city council members.

There was a wide open race to represent Ward 3, where Councilor Karin Uhlich is finishing out the term of Paul Durham. But Uhlich is not seeking a full term this year.

Kevin Dahl, a Democrat was ahead with about 58% of the vote in unofficial results. A resident of the Samos neighborhood who works at the National Parks Conservation Association, he made the climate and environment a central piece of his campaign.

Ward 6 Councilor Steve Kozachik, a Democrat, appeared to be cruising to reelection in unofficial results. He had 64% of the vote. He faced independent Val Romero, a restaurateur who identified crime as the most important issue of the campaign.

Councilor Richard Fimbres, a Democrat, was the only candidate on the ballot from Ward 5. Shelley Cross, a Republican, had 1,761 write-in votes — or about 3% — in unofficial results.

Ward 3Updated Nov. 8, 2021   7 P.M.

Candidate % Votes
Kevin DahlKevin DahlDEM 55% 50,058
Alan Harwell Jr.Alan Harwell Jr.REP 29% 26,244
Lucy LiBoshaLucy LiBoshaIND 12% 11,217

Ward 6Updated Nov. 8, 2021   7 P.M.

Candidate % Votes
Steve KozachikSteve KozachikDEM 62% 56,259
Val RomeroVal RomeroIND 31% 28,446

Meanwhile, Proposition 410 was on track to narrowly pass. It would increase pay for city council members and the mayor starting after the next municipal election in 2023.

The mayor's salary would be increased from $42,000 a year to $54,000. Council members would see a boost from $24,000 to $36,000.

In Vail Unified School District, the other election unfolding in Pima County on Tuesday, voters were on track to approve a budget override 9,585 to 5,098.

Proposition 410: Increasing pay for mayor and city councilUpdated Nov. 8, 2021   7 P.M.

% Votes
Yes 46% 41,291
No 47% 42,261
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