Miranda Schubert is running for Tucson City Council to represent Ward 6, which encompasses much of the Downtown footprint and extends eastward along the city’s major arterials.
Miranda moved a lot as a child. The eldest daughter of two parents in the foodservice economy, she became accustomed to moving with her family’s work. Tucson is the first place she feels she can truly call home on her own terms, which inspired her to invest a great deal of time and creative energy in the community long before running for office.
Tucson Roller Derby fans know her as Pariah Carey. Aficionados of the downtown cultural scene might know her as the host of Ladytowne. But to many more Tucsonans, she’s known as Miranda, their academic advisor.
Miranda has helped students at both Pima Community College and the University of Arizona find their ways in formative years of their education by listening to their needs without judgment, understanding the barriers they face, and not just helping them at the moment, but also advocating for the broader changes necessary to help the students after them. She says this experience defines how she would approach critical community conversations as well as constituent services in her day to day as an elected representative and member of Tucson City Council.
“I think the thing people would be most surprised to learn about me is that I’m actually half-Chinese,” Schubert says. “I think of all the people on Earth, I’m probably the most aware that I look white, but I’m also the most aware that I’m not white at all. My understanding of myself has been defined by understanding, and sometimes misunderstanding my race. I obviously don’t understand what it is to be Black or Latinx in Tucson, but I understand a little bit what it is to be asking yourself at an early, early age why whiteness is this presumed default and being angry when you realize there’s no real answer to that question.”
Schubert’s campaign has focused on housing, climate action, and alternatives to public safety. She says her hope is to see a more equitable future in which housing is more affordable and reliable to more residents, more robust and varied strategies to address the climate crisis, and a focus on social welfare and harm reduction strategies over-policing in Tucson’s neighborhoods.
“At the end of the day, all I really want is for people to feel safe at home in Tucson,” she said. “There’s a lot in that if you build it out, but that’s all there is to it when you boil it down.”