The world of politics is nothing new for the 31-year-old mayor of South Tucson; after all, her father is legendary South Tucson politico Dan Eckstrom. However, she’s never been caught in the middle of such campaign mudslinging.
Robuck, who is taking on incumbent Ramon Valadez, alleges a conflict of interest: Eckstrom works a full-time job as Valadez’s executive assistant, and Robuck feels that too much money is making its way from Pima County into South Tucson’s coffers.
Robuck in particular questions the possible mismanagement of funds allocated to the John Valenzuela Youth Center, and the amount of flood-control dollars going toward South Tucson’s park-maintenance efforts.
At the recent Nucleus Club debate, Robuck highlighted Eckstrom’s job in Valadez’s office, comparing it to Robuck hiring his own wife to work as his executive assistant.
Eckstrom, sitting in a back corner table with other Valadez staffers, shot back, “I’m not married to him.”
Eckstrom, who was elected to the South Tucson City Council at the age of 18 (becoming the youngest elected official in Arizona history), said she looks back at the Nucleus Club debate and regrets responding to Robuck.
“It just came out,” Eckstrom said. “But if there was any conflict Continue reading