AZ Daily Star endorses Democratic Councilman Steve Kozachik and Independent Gary Watson for City Council races

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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: https://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).

 

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).

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    • On the current Tucson City Council, I guess you mean that description does not include Councilmembers Regina Romero (Ward 1) , Shirley Scott (Ward 4), Richard Fimbres (Ward 5, who is Hispanic) and maybe Paul Cunningham (Ward 2) who is only in his 40s.

  2. GREAT ENDORSEMENT. I don’t know Gary Watson, but I do know Steve Kozachik. NEver met a more honest, hard-working and the absolute consummate PUBLIC SERVANT in the best sense of the word. Tucson is lucky to have him working for us. A one of a kind person of integrity and character.
    THE VERY, VERY BEST!

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