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.
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).
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.
Sonoran Alliance— a conservative mouthpiece– has reported that a "strong grassroots effort" by staunch Arizona conservatives defeated Proposition 121 (open primaries) and Proposition 204 (permanent 1 cent sales tax to fund education) in the recent election.
The video accompanying the story features dark money king Robert Graham lauding volunteers for making phone calls, writing letters, and talking to their friends about the two propositions and thus triumphing on election day.
This a great fairy tale to make the base feel good. Too bad it's not true.
Former Arizona House Speaker Kirk Adams is the president of Americans for Responsible Leadership, and Graham is the director. Graham has a vested interest in making Arizona's Republicans feel all warm and fuzzy inside. He wants to be their next statewide chair.
Having a dark money Koch Brothers puppet as head of the Arizona Republican Party– now that is scary. Watch the Graham video after the jump.
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