Tucsonan born & raised
Meet Lane Santa Cruz
Candidate for Ward 1, Tucson City Council
I am Lane Santa Cruz and I am running for the Ward 1 Council seat. I am a second generation Tucsonan born and raised on the Southside. My father migrated from Eudeve-Opata Sonora to be with the rest of his family in Tucson. He met my mother at the El Rio Neighborhood Center when they were taking GED and ESL classes. My dad is a pastor at a Latino Church for over 25 years, and my mom a patient care technician and caretaker. Together they modeled the early teachings of community justice at the Sunday sermons where I was called to be of service. Growing up in low-income housing, I felt disconnected from other parts of the city. I had to learn how to walk and ride the city bus to have access to distant youth employment and sports commitments. As a young person, I did not know about neighborhood associations and much less who my representatives were. When I graduated from Desert View High School, I left to Alabama on a tennis scholarship and then returned home to work my way through my courses at the University of Arizona, earning a PHd. in Teaching, Learning, and Sociocultural Studies.
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. Before returning to work as a Council Aide to the Ward 1 Council Office, I spent 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 PHd., I taught courses in Mexican American Studies and Education at the UA 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 4 children ages 11 to 1.
I am running for Ward 1 City Council because I’m committed to bringing a fresh vision and the needs of working families to Tucson City Hall.
Tucson is such a special place. I want to take it to the next level by being a bridge that connects people. Also engage more people with city governance because that is democratic participation. As an engaged and effective public servant at Ward 1, I have learned that a steady urgency is what brings about long-lasting change. Community is about coming together because we care for others and value a collective benefit over self-interests. It’s about relationships and knowing when to say “no” to the things we cannot accept and working together to do something about it.
Lane Santa Cruz in the News
- Primary candidates discuss student housing, gentrification
- Zona Politics interviews Lane Santa Cruz on KXCI
- Lane Santa Cruz on The Creative City Show, KVOI AM
- Lane Santa Cruz leads third neighborhood cleanup
- Buckmaster Show 3/26/2019: Is a recession looming on the horizon?
Can you support this vision?
If so, join me.