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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) :

http://tucson.com/opinion/local/star-opinion-steve-kozachik-and-gary-watson-for-tucson-city/article_16abbc2b-c3bd-5c8d-ac0b-1b2e368bbe1f.html

Ward 6 Councilman Steve Kozachik

Gary Watson

 

 

 

 

 

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).

 

General Election 2017: Listen to Ward 3 Council candidates on Buckmaster show

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.

Paul Durham

Gary Watson

 

 

 

 

 

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.

http://www.buckmastershow.com/2017/10/11/buckmaster-show-10112017-ua-president-backs-troubled-basketball-program/

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.

Can an Independent candidate win in Tucson?

Can an Independent candidate win in a Tucson City Council race?  For the first time in a long time, an Independent (Gary  Watson in Ward 3) is running for political office in Tucson.  Having reported for Tucsoncitizen.com for 4.5 years and here at Blogforarizona.net for 3.5 years, I’m trying to recall when Independents have run or been in political office.

Former Republican Pima County Supervisor Ed Moore ran for re-election in Nov. 1996 as an Independent, and lost to newcomer Democrat Sharon Bronson.  Tucson City Council member Carol West was a long time Democrat and changed to Independent, then did not seek re-election in 2007.   Former Republican Gene Chewning ran for AZ House in LD 27 in 2010 as an Independent and lost, as did former Dem AZ House Representative Ted Downing in LD 28 State Senate race. And didn’t Green Party candidate Dave Ewoldt also run as an Independent for State Senator in LD 28, to get onto the 2010 General Election ballot?  They both lost to the Democrat incumbent Senator.

So, no Independent candidate has run and won  in Tucson (as far as I know). Chewning told me after his 2010 loss, that because he ran as an Independent, he no longer had a party structure to assist in his campaigning. He got a lot more votes as a Republican for the same LD 27 House race in 2006.

Firefighter /Captain of a Northwest fire station Gary Watson (I, former Republican) said at a recent AZ Independents forum at Murphy-Wilmot library that he was “not R enough for the Republican Party”, and “not D enough for the Democratic Party”.

Gary Watson

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2017 City of Tucson Primary Election results

Only 2 contested primaries to report on tonight from City of Tucson Elections  in Ward 3 (Democrats) and Ward 6 (Greens):

Ward 3 Council  (Democrats). Open seat as Councilwoman Karin Uhlich is stepping down after 3 terms.

Felicia Chew  1703   32.09%

Paul Durham  2416  45.52%

Tom Tronsdal  1177  22.18%

(to face off with Independent Gary Watson in the General. No Republican or Green in this race).

Ward 5 Council  (no primary, 2 term Councilman Democrat Richard Fimbres is  unopposed, as well in the General)

Fimbres:  2583

Ward 6  Council (Green Party)

Mike Cease  51  63.75%

Michael Oatman 26  32.5%

(to face off with incumbent 2 term Councilman Democrat Steve Kozachik and Republican Mariano Rodriguez in the General Election on Nov. 7, 2017)

Kozachik:  5384

Rodriguez:  1537

More info:  https://www.tucsonaz.gov/clerks/elections

Congratulations to the winners, Paul Durham and Mike Cease.

Tucson Weekly endorses attorney Paul Durham for Ward 3 Council seat

The Tucson Weekly issued their endorsement today in the contested Democratic primary for the Ward 3 Council seat.  Councilwoman Karin Uhlich is stepping down after 3 terms.  The Weekly endorsed retired attorney Paul Durham, former Chief of Staff for Ward 6 Councilwoman Nina Trasoff.

Paul Durham

Read their endorsement here: https://www.tucsonweekly.com/tucson/paul-durham-for-city-council/Content?oid=11123258.

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Arizona Daily Star endorses businessman Tom Tronsdal for Ward 3 Council seat

The Arizona Daily Star has endorsed Canyon Fence businessman (and attorney) Tom Tronsdal in the Ward 3 Democratic primary.

Tom Tronsdal

Here’s the Star article:

http://tucson.com/opinion/local/star-opinion-why-we-like-tom-tronsdal-best-for-city/article_e3cf7db7-e7b6-5195-b6f5-c8623ade43ad.html

Tom is a political newcomer, and his campaign website is:

https://www.facebook.com/tomtronsdal/. He faces opposition from Felicia Chew, a teacher at Mansfeld Middle School and  retired attorney Paul Durham, former Chief of Staff for Ward 6 Councilwoman Nina Trasoff.

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