Sharon Bronson, affected by damaged ribs, resigns from Pima County Board of Supervisors after 27 years

Sharon Bronson, in workplace for practically three a long time, is resigning as a member of the Pima County Board of Supervisors. The 77-year-old Democrat broke three ribs in a fall a few week in the past.

Bronson will step down on Nov. 27, she introduced Monday morning.

Bronson, first elected in a 1996 three-way race that had her ousting longtime Republican Supervisor Ed Moore in her first run for workplace, had filed final month to hunt an eighth time period on the board.

She has been the longest-serving supervisor in Pima County historical past, the third girl elected to the board, and in 1999 grew to become the primary girl elected as chair by the opposite supervisors.

“Final week I took a fall in my home, ambushed by considered one of my favourite cats, and fracturing three ribs. I’m fantastic and can absolutely recuperate,” she wrote in a letter to her fellow supervisors and constituents. “Nonetheless, I’m going to be recovering for a number of months and can’t adequately discharge my duties to the residents of Pima County and District 3. Due to this fact, I’m resigning from the Pima County Board of Supervisors efficient November twenty seventh.”

“It has been the pleasure of my life to signify and work with all of you during the last 27 years and most particularly to signify all of the residents of this nice county,” she wrote.

“Over the previous couple of months, I’ve been contemplating whether or not to run for an extra time period, and whereas my coronary heart is and at all times can be with the residents of Pima County, I’ve determined presently to not search an extra time period,” she wrote.

Bronson tripped over her cat on Nov. 5, and was handled for a number of days at an space hospital whereas her damaged ribs have been monitored.

On Oct. 24, she had filed an announcement of curiosity to once more be a candidate for the District 3 seat subsequent 12 months.

Bronson, a centrist Democrat, served as chair of the county board for a number of stints, most lately from 2021-22.

She has represented District 3, which incorporates a lot of central and
western Tucson and stretches south to Sahuarita and west throughout the
Tohono O’odham Nation to Ajo.

Beneath state legislation, Bronson’s place can be crammed by an appointee decided by the opposite members of the Board of Supervisors, as soon as she leaves workplace. The brand new supervisor will serve out the rest of her time period, till January 2025. The common election of 2024 will decide who holds the seat after that.

The District 3 seat had already attracted two Democratic major opponents: Jennifer Allen, a former government director of the ACLU of Arizona and the founding father of the Border Motion Community; and Kathryn Mikronis, who was elected to the Governing Board of the Marana Unified College District final 12 months. No Republican candidates have but filed.

First elected in 1996

Bronson took workplace following a three-way race in 1996, wherein she beat incumbent unbiased Ed Moore (who principally voted with the Republicans) and GOP candidate Vicki Cox-Golder.

Operating on a platform of limiting development and establishing impression charges, Bronson put her expertise as an accountant to work as a critic of what she then referred to as the “Board of Stupervisors.”

is a Ponzi scheme,” she advised reporter Jim Nintzel. “You’ve gotten the following wave of development pay for the
present wave of development. And that is what’s making authorities collapse.”

The election of the College of Arizona graduate swung the board to a 3-2 Democratic majority.

Bronson was the third girl ever elected to the board. In 1976, Katie Dusenberry was the primary girl to take workplace on the Pima County Board of Supervisors, whereas Iris Dewhirst served on the board from 1984 to 1988.


Information of Bronson’s accidents and pending resignation attracted accolades from fellow politicians and different group leaders.

Bronson’s “time on the Pima County Board of Supervisors is a historic one,” stated Supervisor Adelita Grijavla, the chair of the board. 

“Sharon has served on the Pima County Board for 27 years, making her the longest serving supervisor in Pima County’s historical past,” Grijalva wrote. “She additionally broke the glass ceiling… being the primary girl ever appointed as chair of the board. As the primary Latina elected to serve on the board in 2020, I used to be proud to share management with a fellow Democratic girl as vice chair in 2021-2022 with then-chair Bronson.”

“Her impression on our group is long-lasting, as a robust advocate for the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plana and for Pima Animal Care Heart. The residents of Pima County are grateful for her service and want her a speedy restoration. Thanks, Sharon,” wrote the Democratic supervisor.

Tucson’s mayor additionally wished her a “speedy restoration and good well being into the long run.”

“Thanks for opening doorways for extra ladies to run for workplace,” stated Mayor Regina Romero.

“Sharon has served Pima County with distinction and satisfaction,” stated fellow Democratic Supervisor Rex Scott. “She was the primary girl in our historical past to function board chair. All of us are grateful for and may study from her selflessness and dedication to service.”

Bronson “has been a robust advocate for the residents of Pima County and an vital champion for environmental safety and different points throughout her 27 years on the Board of Supervisors. I thank her for her dedication to Pima County and want her a speedy restoration,” stated Supervisor Matt Heinz, one other member of the Democratic majority on the board.

Tucson Metropolis Councilmember Steve Kozachik stated “I’ve nothing however respect for Sharon and her willingness to serve on this position for therefore lengthy. I additionally absolutely perceive and restpect her choice to step apart and prioritize her well being. I want her solely the most effective in her restoration.”

Chuck Huckelberry, the previous Pima County administrator who labored for Bronson and her fellow supervisors for a lot of his three-decade tenure, described her as a “nice supervisor.”

Bronson “had deal with on what was happening and responded to each motion with the right resolution for her constituents,” Huckelberry advised the Tucson Sentinel.

Carolyn Campbell, government director of the Coalition for Sonoran Desert Safety, referred to as Bronson’s resignation “the tip of an period, for positive.”

Campbell credited Bronson for being a supporter of the county’s Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan from the beginning.

“Sharon has been a champion for the conservation plan together with Raul (Grijalva) initially,” Campbell stated. “That is been my complete work for the final 25 years. And Sharon has helped us get there. She actually helped push a number of issues by means of.”

Pima County magistrate Ray Carroll, a Republican who served alongside Bronson till his retirement from the Board of Supervisors in 2017, stated that the Sonoran Desert plan was considered one of her legacies, however Bronson additionally labored onerous on financial growth points.

“She had a really properly deserved fame for desirous to do enterprise for the county,” Carroll advised the Sentinel. “She actually believed within the rules of financial growth and development that raises the tide that raises all boats”

Whereas Carroll tangled with Bronson many occasions, he stated she was a “gracious and succesful politician.”

Metro Tucson Chamber President and CEO Michael Guymon echoed Carroll’s feedback.

“Sharon is an financial growth stalwart for our group,” Guymon stated. “She was instrumental in working with (former Pima County Administrator Chuck) Huckleberry to ascertain the Aerospace Analysis Campus and I’ll miss her management on enterprise points.”

Former Supervisor Ramon Valadez stated her “retirement is important for Pima County.”

“Her management within the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan, financial growth, and different key county initiatives has been essential. I’ll fondly bear in mind our many shared skilled, and private moments, however I’ll at all times cherish reminiscences on the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum dinners, which showcased her mix {of professional} dedication and private heat,” stated the ex-supervisor, who served with Bronson for practically 20 years.

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