Pollitical newcomer Pastor Michael Navarro has pulled papers to run for the Ward 1 Council seat currently occupied by Councilmember Regina Romero (D). Navarro will be running as an Independent–Nomination Other Than by Primary (NOP) according to the Tucson City Clerk’s office and needs to get 405 signatures to qualify for this race.
Growing up on the streets of Barrio Hollywood on Tucson, Arizona’s west side, was not easy for Michael, but he decided he wanted something better than to get swallowed into a life of crime and trouble.
When Michael graduated from the University of Phoenix, he decided to attend Trinity Law School in Santa Ana, California. After graduating from law school, he moved back to his native Tucson, and began work with several different law firms as well as the Attorney General’s office.
He then began working for the Pima County Consolidated Justice Court and also acts as pastor at Westside Baptist Church.
He has a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Michael-Navarro/163916763669189
and can be reached by firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to update tomorrow on Navarro’s voting record once I confirm it with the Pima County Recorder’s Office.
Councilmember Romero is running for re-election for her 2nd term, and is facing a Democratic challenger businessman Joe Flores in the August 30, 2011 primary. The winner of that primary will face off with Navarro, should he get enough signatures to qualify for the General Election on November 8. No Republican is running for this Council seat as yet.
The Mayor of Tucson and Council seats in Wards 1, 2 and 4 are up for election this year.
5/18/11 UPDATE: Navarro has been registered as a Democrat since July 19, 2007, changed to Independent on April 25, 2011, per Chris Roads (Deputy Recorder & Registrar of Voters) at Pima County Recorder’s Office.