Election procedure legislation challenge failed

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Ward only and non partisan, that's how Tucson city elections will have to go from this day forward. The City of Tucson lost a challenge in court to overturn a bill passed by the Arizona Legislature last year.

The future of who sits on the Tucson City Council has always been determined by a battle of political parties, until now.

Superior court judge Michael miller ruled that Tucson city elections are a matter of statewide concern and now have to be decided by ward and become non-partisan.

Former State Senator Jonathan Paton sponsored the legislation last year that made all this happen.

The City of Tucson challenged the legislation in court, arguing the state shouldn't be able to tell a local government how to run elections.

Members of the Pima County Democratic Party expressed disappointment in the judge's ruling.