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AZ Daily Star endorses Democratic Councilman Steve Kozachik and Independent Gary Watson for City Council races
There are 2 contested races for Tucson City Council in Ward 3 and 6 on the General Election (Nov. 7, 2017) ballot. The Arizona Daily Star endorsed Ward 6 Democratic Councilman Steve Kozachik, seeking his 3rd term. And for Ward 3 the newspaper editorial board has endorsed political newcomer Gary Watson (I, former Republican) who is a Captain of a Northwest fire station and JTED instructor. Read the endorsements here (page A8 print edition) :
Ward 6 Councilman Kozachik is being challenged by Republican architect (political newcomer) Mariano Rodriguez and Green Party candidate Mike Cease (Chair of the Pima County Green Party) who ran unsuccessfully for Pima County Recorder in Nov. 2016.
In Ward 3 the current Councilmember Karin Uhlich (D) is stepping down after 3 terms and retired attorney Democrat Paul Durham is running for that seat as well. In the August 2017 3-way Democratic primary, the AZ Daily Star endorsed political newcomer Tom Tronsdal: http://blogforarizona.net/arizona-daily-star-endorses-businessman-tom-tronsdal-for-ward-3-council-seat/ (over Durham and Felicia Chew, also a political newcomer).
Ward 5 Councilman Richard Fimbres is also up for re-election to his 3rd term, but he is unopposed.
Vote wisely on or before Nov. 7, 2017. Mail-in-ballots went out on October 11, when early voting began. 3 polling places will be open on Nov. 7 (for drop off and provisional ballots).
On October 13, AZPM Metro Week host Vanessa Barchfield interviewed candidates running for the Tucson City Council in contested races in Wards 3 and 6. In Ward 3 Democrat Paul Durham and Independent Gary Watson face off for the open seat; and incumbent (2 term) Councilmember Steve Kozachik is being challenged in Ward 6 –by Green Party candidate Mike Cease and Republican Mariano Rodriguez. Both Ward 3 candidates and all 3 Ward 6 candidates met in studio with Ms. Barchfield.
View the Metro Week show here:
Ward 5 Councilmember Richard Fimbres is also running for re-election, is unopposed, and thus was not interviewed.
Early voting began this week on October 11, the same day mail in ballots went out for the Nov. 7, 2017 General Election.
Five propositions are also on the ballot in Tucson: Prop. 202 & 203 (proposed sales tax for Reid Park zoo), Prop. 204 (proposed sales tax for early childhood education), Prop. 406 (salary raises for the Mayor and 6 Councilmembers) and Prop. 458 (bonds for TUSD to be repaid by secondary property taxes).
Vote wisely on or before 11/7/17.
Two candidates are vying for the open Ward 3 seat on the Tucson City Council. Democrat Paul Durham is a retired attorney and prevailed in the August Democratic primary over Felicia Chew and Tom Tronsdal. He will face off with Independent (former Republican) Gary Watson, Captain of a Northwest fire station. There is no Republican or Green Party candidate in this Ward 3 race.
Both candidates were in a KVOI radio forum today, moderated by host Bill Buckmaster on 1030 AM on the dial. Listen to the forum (click on link below), where they addressed their one big issue facing the City, the economy, education, renewal energy & solar, police & firefighter funding, “bump stock” rifle banning, Prop. 204 Strong Start Tucson, Propositions for Reid Park Zoo, their choice/vote for US President in Nov. 2016, listening to other opinions, plus closing statements.
Ward 3 Councilmember Karin Uhlich is retiring after 3 terms (12 years) on the City Council. She said at a SAAF (Southern Arizona Aids Foundation) farewell party last week to “vote for Paul.” Karin endorsed Felicia in the primary.
Campaign websites :
Paul Durham: https://www.paulforprogress.com/
Gary Watson: https://www.watson4citycouncil.com/
Tonight there is a League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson forum for all the City Council candidates running in Wards 3, 5, and 6 at the YWCA of Southern Arizona, 525 N. Bonita Ave., starting at 6 p.m.
Mail-in ballots also go out today and early voting has begun . Vote wisely on or before 11/7/17.