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Building Bridges Not Walls

Together we can build bridges and strengthen our communities. My mission is to have the conversations that matter. Let’s talk about working class people, equal outcomes not just opportunities, and getting the necessary resources in the hands of the people.

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What We Can Improve Together

Democratic Participation

“Tucson is such a special place and I want to take it to the next level by being a bridge that connects more people to engage with city governance because that is democratic participation.”

Why Support Her?

Lane Santa Cruz is a Tucson native and has worked for over a decade as a community advocate on issues of sexual/gender violence, food insecurity, migrant rights, and ethnic studies as well as serving as Council Aide to Ward 1 Council Member Regina Romero. Since obtaining her Ph.D. in 2016, she has taught courses in Mexican American Studies and Education at the University of Arizona.


Flourish Our Small Businesses, Arts & Culture

I am committed to continuing the investment in our families through the development and support of small and cooperative businesses. We need to continue cultivating a Tucson environment that celebrates diversity and bilingualism. Specifically, recognizing our Indigenous communities and our Tohono O’odham, Yaqui, and Mexican/Latinx relatives that are the foundation and folklore of the Old Pueblo. The culture and small business of Tucson has also been shaped by our Asian/Pacific Islander American, African American, Irish, and Jewish American communities and we can do more to foster those aspects of our City. Cultural sustainability requires a financial foundation and this is the important role small businesses and cooperatives play for our founding communities.

Build Bridges With Lane Santa Cruz


Knock on doors, send texts, make calls, host a fundraiser, get involved and lets endorse change together.


Every dollar raised helps provide campaign support. In return I will invest back into this community as City Council representative.

My Core Values

I am bilingual-bicultural and a testament to the resiliency of the people in the Southwest. At my core, I am an educator and community organizer. I’ve spent 4 years as Council Aide to the Ward 1 Council Office; 12 years in nonprofits and grassroots community efforts working on sexual/gender violence, food justice, migrant rights, DIY bicycle mechanics, and Ethnic Studies. Since obtaining my Ph.D., I teach courses in Mexican American Studies and Education at the University of Arizona and organize community bike rides on the Southside. I have a loving partner who teaches at Cholla High School and we share our lives with our four children, ages 11 to one.

If you have ever had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Santa Cruz, you know that she is genuinely listening to your thoughts, concerns, and desired outcomes. I met her while organizing a symposium on Fair Housing and she committed her time and effort because she stated she knew the importance of the dialogue we were trying to engage in. I endorse Lane because I believe in my heart she will fight for the people.

Andres A Portela ... Regional Education, Outreach, and Media Director of SWFHC

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