Last Friday Feb. 5, 2016 long term Pima County Supervisor Ray Carroll (served since May, 1997), a Republican, announced that he would not be running for re-election. He already was facing opposition in the August 30, 2016 Republican primary from Navy veteran Marla Closen who announced last summer.
Press release (below) from Republican businessman Steve Christy. There is no Democrat yet in the race in District 4, but stay tuned. Other Republicans may jump in as well since this is now an open seat.
“Long time Tucson businessman and community leader, Stephen W. “Steve” Christy today announced his candidacy for the District 4 seat on the Pima County Board of Supervisors. Christy, a Republican, seeks to succeed current District 4 Supervisor Ray Carroll who announced last week that he would not run for re-election to the board when his term ends this year.
Familiar to Tucsonans as the owner and president of Galloway Motors, renamed Steve Christy Chrysler-Jeep, Christy sold the dealership in 2007. He has a long history of business and community involvement; and served in a variety of leadership capacities including president of the Arizona Automobile Dealers; president (twice) of the Tucson New Car Dealers; board member and chairman of the Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce; as a member and chairman of the Arizona State Transportation Board; and as member of the Tucson Airport Authority, the Pima County Regional Transportation Authority, and the Pima Association of Governments.
“I’ve considered running for the Board of Supervisors for some time as I believe that my experience could help provide three things this Board needs,” Christy said.
“The first is to accent and enhance the important goal of economic development which includes more than attracting new companies and new jobs, but also making sure that we aren’t losing any of those we already have.”
“The second is to bring real leadership to replace the current practice of allowing major policy decisions to come from staff and the bureaucracy. The Democrat majority needs to take responsibility and begin initiating solutions. We conservatives and Republicans need to do more than just oppose, but to offer real alternatives. The third is to address our infrastructure problems, the biggest one being roads.
“I’ve been looking at more direct ways to serve Southern Arizona residents at the county level, where I believe one can have the most impact,” Christy said. “When it became clear that this would be an open race, I determined it would be the best place for me to put my business skills and public policy experience to work for the residents of District Four.”
“And, let’s face it, I do know roads,” Christy added.
“It’s high time the Pima County Board of Supervisors charted a course to put Pima County on the map, instead of just being the Board of Spectators,” Christy said.
Christy attended Sam Hughes, Mansfeld, and Green Fields Schools. He received a B.S. in Political Science from the American University in Washington, D.C. He and his wife, Susan, have been married for 35 years, and have three grown daughters and two grandchildren.
District Four is the southeastern district in Pima County, containing much of Tucson’s far east side, areas in the unincorporated foothills, eastward to the Cochise County line, and then south to the Santa Cruz County line, and west to include Green Valley and a portion of Sahuarita.”
For more information call: 520 609 5495.
Stay tuned for campaign website.
Carolyn’s note: been waiting for Steve’s photo in jpg format, so will update it later when I get the photo. Updated with photo Friday, 4 p.m. courtesy of the candidate.
UPDATE 7/13/16: Current D 4 Supervisor Ray Carroll has endorsed Christy in the August 30 Republican primary , over Backer and Closen. See comment below.