TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild will not seek a third term in office, his staff confirmed to Tucson News Now late Saturday, Dec. 15.
Lisa Markkula, Rothschild’s communications director, confirmed he won’t run in 2019.
The third-generation Tucson native is a long-time attorney and first took office in 2011, when he defeated Republican Rick Grinnell. Rothschild ran unopposed in 2015.
Rothschild is Tucson’s 41st mayor and the first Democrat to lead the city since 1999.
According to his bio on the city website, Rothschild has focused on accountability, economic growth and helping the needy.
Rothschild’s grandmother moved to Tucson in 1942 and opened a used furniture store.
He graduated from Canyon del Oro High School before going to Kenyon College. Rothschild studied law at the University of New Mexico.
He spent 30 years at the law firm Mesch, Clark and Rothschild.