A new member of the Tucson City Council was sworn into office Monday — Democrat Paul Durham.

Durham, a lawyer who once served as chief of staff to former Councilwoman Nina Trasoff, took his oath of office along with returning Councilmen Richard Fimbres and Steve Kozachik. Those two Democrats were re-elected in November.

Durham, who defeated Gary Watson in November, replaces Karin Uhlich as the Ward 3 representative. In one of her last official acts in office, Uhlich took several minutes Monday morning to lavish praise on her colleagues.

Durham appointed his campaign manager, Nick Mahon, to be his chief of staff, and Bennett Bernal will join his staff to assist with constituent services. Several of Uhlich’s staff members will continue to work in the Ward 3 office.

In other city news, the council appointed Councilman Paul Cunningham to serve as vice mayor for a one-year term. He replaces Regina Romero.

Contact reporter Joe Ferguson at jferguson@tucson.com or 573-4197. On Twitter: @JoeFerguson


Reporter with the Arizona Daily Star. I cover politics as well as the city of Tucson and other municipalities in Southern Arizona.