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Tucson loses suit challenging nonpartisan voting

TUCSON – A Pima County Superior Court judge ruled against the city of Tucson March 4 in its challenge of a new state law requiring nonpartisan, ward-only elections.

Superior Court Judge Michael Miller ruled local control does not trump the will of the Legislature when it passed S1123.

Tucson City attorney Mike Rankin said he will ask the mayor and city council for guidance about whether to appeal the decision.

A ruling by the Superior Court does not set legal precedent

Former state Sen. Jonathan Paton sponsored the legislation. He told the ~Arizona Daily Star~ he was “very happy” with the ruling, saying there needed to be uniformity in the election system across the state.

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