1999 Tucson Mayoral Election
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1999 Tucson Mayoral Election
Tucson mayoral election, 1999
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Nominee Bob Walkup Molly McKasson Ed Kahn
Party Republican Democratic Libertarian
Popular vote 46,258 33,999 4,834
Percentage 53.68% 39.45% 5.61%

Mayor before election

George Miller

Elected Mayor

Bob Walkup

The Tucson mayoral election of 1999 occurred on November 2, 1999 to elect the mayor of Tucson, and occurred coinciding with the elections to the Tucson City Council wards 1, 2 and 4.[1] It saw the election of Bob Walkup.

Incumbent mayor George Miller did not seek reelection to a third term.


Primaries were held for the Democratic, Libertarian, and Republican parties on September 7, 1999.[1]

Democratic primary

Originally also running in the Democratic primary was Emily Machala, who formally withdrew,[1] and Michael Fleishman, who was removed from the ballot by a court ruling.[1]

Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Molly McKasson 11,864 44.84
Democratic Betsy Bolding 9,019 34.09
Democratic Janet Marcus 3,165 11.96
Democratic Patrick Darcy 2,281 8.62
Democratic Write-in 0.49

Libertarian primary

Originally also running in the Libertarian primary was Elizabeth Strong-Anderson, who was removed from the ballot by court order.[1]

Libertarian primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Libertarian Ed Kahn 266 89.86
Libertarian Write-in 10.14

Republican primary

Republican primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bob Walkup 6,004 93.67
Republican Write-in 6.33


  • Dave Croteau[1]
  • Stephen "The Penneyman" Baker[1]

General election

In the general election, McKasson suffered and Walkup benefited from a fracture in the Democratic Party.[2]

Walkup became the city's first Republican mayor since Lew Murphy left office in 1987.[3]

General election results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Bob Walkup 46,258 53.68
Democratic Molly McKasson 33,999 39.45
Libertarian Ed Kahn 4,834 5.61
Write-in Dave Croteau 79 0.09
Write-in Stephen "The Penneyman" Baker 5 0.01


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Election History Report 1991 - 2013" (PDF). City of Tucson, Arizona. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ "The Skinny: Top Dog". Tucson Weekly. 2001-02-15. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Political Notebook: Lack of Republican mayoral candidate linked to a more liberal Tucson, says local GOP". Arizona Daily Star. 30 May 2019. Retrieved 2019.

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