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.
Posted in Carolyn Classen, Community, Elections, Tucson
Tagged Bill Buckmaster, Buckmaster show, Felicia Chew, Gary Watson, Karin Uhlich, KVOI, League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson, Paul Durham, SAAF, Tom Tronsdal, Tucson City Council, Tucson primary, Ward 3 Council, YWCA of Southern Arizona
Hopefully all candidates will attend this League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson (LWVGT) candidate forum. The forum will be moderated by former LWVGT President Shirley Sandelands. Members of the audience will be able to submit questions in writing. Index cards will be made available for questions.
Ward 3 (open seat)
Paul Durham (D)
Gary Watson (I)
Ward 5 (unopposed)
Richard Fimbres (D), incumbent – 2 terms
Mike Cease (G)
Steve Kozachik (D), incumbent – 2 terms
Mariano Rodriguez (R)
Also this week on October 11: Both Ward 3 candidates will be hosted on the Bill Buckmaster radio show (1030 AM on the dial) at 12:30 p.m., www.buckmastershow.com.
AZPM Channel 6 Metro Week will be hosting the City Council candidates on Friday the 13th of October, 6:30 p.m., or online at ww.azpm.org.
Posted in Carolyn Classen, Community, Tucson
Tagged Arizona Public Media, AZPM, Bill Buckmaster, Buckmaster show, Gary Watson, League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson, Mariano Rodriguez, Mike Cease, Paul Durham, Prop 202, Prop 204, Prop. 203, Prop. 406, Prop. 458, Shirley Sandelands, Steve Kozachik, Tucson City Council, YWCA of Southern Arizona
REVIVE CIVILITY TUCSON
THURSDAY, APRIL 20 AT 5:00PM – 7:00PM | FREE ADMISSION at Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Tucson
Now more than ever, citizens of our country are grappling with how to interact with the “other side.” Our current crisis in polarization is leading to mistrust, anger and alienation. It threatens the very fabric of our democracy.
“Our City is a shining light though: Tucson is leading the way for the country in showing how civility brings out the best in us and how it transforms the way we live and connect with each other.
Mayor Rothschild has signed a Proclamation declaring May 2017 as Tucson’s Revive Civility Month. The Mayor, in partnership with the League of Women’s Voters of Greater Tucson, Ben’s Bells, and the University of Arizona’s National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD) is inviting the community to engage in activities to promote civility throughout Tucson.
Come to The Loft Cinema to learn and discuss how we can revive civility together- to make our community a better place to live, and to lead the way for our nation.”
7 candidates are running for 3 seats in this race for Governing Board at Tucson Unified School District (TUSD). 3 incumbents are running for re-election: Kirstel Foster, Cam Juarez, Dr. Mark Stegeman. Challengers are Betts Putnam-Hidalgo (ran before for a seat on this board in 2012 and 2014), Lori Riegel, Brett Rustand, Rachael Sedgwick.
List of upcoming forums in September:
September 8 — sponsored by Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, 6 to 8 p.m. at CareMore, 4821 N. Stone Ave.
Posted in Carolyn Classen, Community, Education, Tucson
Tagged Betts Putnam-Hidalgo, Brett Rustand, Cam Juarez, Capilla de Guadalupe, CareMore, Dietz Neighborhood Assn., Governing Board, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Kristel Foster, League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson, LWVGT, Mark Stegeman, Rachael Sedgwick, Temple Emanu-El, Tucson Unified School District, TUSD, YWCA of Southern Arizona
“Zona Politics” host Jim Nintzel highlighted today a recent League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson program which featured three Arizona political consultants David Leibowitz, Barrett Marson and Max Fose, and two former candidates Christine Jones (only woman who ran for Arizona Governor in the August primary of 2014 as a Republican) and Democrat Terry Goddard (former Arizona Attorney General who ran for Secretary of State in Nov. 2014). Both attorneys lost their races.
Jim Nintzel, senior writer at the Tucson Weekly was joined by Arizona Daily Star reporter Joe Ferguson and Jeremy Duda of the Arizona Capitol Times, on a 3rd panel discussion.
See the fascinating video here: http://www.tucsonweekly.com/TheRange/archives/2015/02/12/league-of-women-voters-asks-is-democracy-for-sale. It runs for an hour and 25 minutes.
The topics range from political campaigns, how voters vote for candidates, dark money & campaign finance, usefulness of political/candidate forums, clean elections, endorsements, voter suppression, etc. There is even an audience question & answer session at the end of the program & video, including a question and statement from LD 9 State Senator Steve Farley, a Democrat.
Unanswered question from these three panels: “What does it take to get people to vote?”
League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson is at 2424 E. Broadway, Blvd. Suite 110 in Tucson; 520-327-7652. Every year the LWVGT publishes a very useful “A Citizen’s Directory of Elected Officials”.
Posted in Activism, Carolyn Classen, Community, Elections, Tucson
Tagged barrett marson, christine jones, David Leibowitz, Jeremy Duda, Jim Nintzel, Joe Ferguson, League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson, Max Fose, Steve Farley, Terry Goddard
Posted on our Blog for Arizona image Calendar were 3 LWVGT and AZPM candidate forums for Arizona statewide offices in early October (6, 8, and 9). As of today, three have been cancelled, the ones for Attorney General, Superintendent of Public Instruction, and Secretary of State. Instead, there will now be Conversation with the Candidates at PCC West Recital Hall:
Oct. 6, 6:30 p.m. Felecia Rotellini, Democrat for Attorney General
Oct. 8, 6:30 p.m. Dr. David Garcia, Democrat for Superintendent of Public Insruction and Terry Goddard, Democrat for Sec. of State
All statewide candidates were invited to participate and the deadline to respond was September 12, 2014. Apparently many of the Republican candidates declined to attend these Southern Arizona forums.
The other candidate forum for AZ Corporation Commission (2 Democrats vs. 2 Republicans) is still scheduled for Oct. 6, 7:45 p.m. So is the Governor’s one on October 9, 6:30 p.m. (although I heard that Republican Treasurer Doug Ducey will not be attending). These debates will still be held in the PCC West Proscenium Theatre, 2202 West Anklam Rd.
Stay tuned for any further updates or go to League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson website: www.lwvgt.org. Tickets are still required at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1dUH1anLwUg-l57IAzRMIjLkdb8WphJ0mrFAjj4W_bFU/viewform?c=0&w=1