Rothschild won’t seek third term as Tucson’s mayor

Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, blue shirt, and former UA basketball player Ray Smith, back row, right, helped persuade a refugee student to return to school. At right are former TUSD Superintendent H.T. Sanchez and PCC Chancellor Lee Lambert. Former UA Wildcat Dusan Ristic is at rear left./Courtesy of Mayor Rothschild’s office

 

By Danyelle Khmara | Arizona Daily Star

Saying he’s accomplished what he set out to do, Mayor Jonathan Rothschild has decided not to seek a third term.

Rothschild says the city is in a better place than seven years ago when he took office, and he wants to explore other ways to improve the community, which are all reasons why he won’t be running in 2019.

“It’s a personal decision,” Rothschild says. “It’s a difficult decision. And I’m honored to have served the city that I was born and grew up in.”

There are little details from his tenure that Rothschild is sure will always come back to him, like the time he and a University of Arizona basketball player knocked on the door of a refugee family to persuade their teenage daughter to finish high school.

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