Who’s applied for vacant Tucson Ward 6 Council seat? (updated)

4 term Councilman Democrat Steve Kozachik (aka Steve K) resigned in March to take a job with Pima County. His last day was March 31, 2024.

The Tucson City Clerk’s office has been accepting applications for the appointment to this office (term will be from April 2024 to Dec. 2025). The deadline to apply was midnight April 15, and 12 citizens have applied.


“The Tucson City Charter requires the person appointed to the Ward 6 seat must be someone who
has been a qualified elector in the City of Tucson for at least three years, with at least the last year as
a qualified elector in Ward 6.
The applicants listed below meet those requirements.”


Erbst, Avi (Rep) – did not participate in candidate forum on 4/23/24
Leighton, Christopher (Dem)
Powers, Pamela Lampman (Dem)
Prezelski, Ted (Dem)

Rabago, Vince (Dem)
Riel, Theresa (Dem)
Schubert, Miranda (Dem)
Shah, Ravi (Dem)
Terrazas, Alex (Dem)
Trasoff, Nina (Dem) – withdrew name at end of forum on 4/23/24
Uhlich, Karin (Dem)
Verdin, Charlie (Dem)


Pam Powers is the former 3 term then-LD 9 House Rep. (2017 to 2023) and blogger here at B4AZ;

Ted Prezelski is a Ward 2 Council aide, & former candidate in then-LD 28 House (2010);

Vince Rabago is a former Asst. Attorney General and ran for Arizona AG in August 2010;

Theresa Riel is a current Pima Community College governing bd. member (District 2), elected Nov. 2022;

Miranda Schubert ran for this Ward 6 seat in the Dem primary in August 2021;

Dr. Ravi Shah is a current member of the TUSD Governing Bd., elected Nov. 2020 (and running for re-election in 2024);

Nina Trasoff is a former one term Ward 6 Councilmember (2005 to 2009);

Karin Uhlich served 3 terms as Ward 3 Councilmember(2005 to 2017), then appointed in 2021 to finish up Ward 3 Councilman Paul Durham’s term after he resigned;

Charlie Verdin was a former candidate for then-CD 2 House (2017) and LD 18 House (August 2022).

The rest are political newcomers. More on these applicants in today’s AZ Daily Star: 11 apply to fill vacant seat on Tucson City Council

The League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson is hosting a forum for these “candidates” on April 23. See our calendar.

Then the Tucson Mayor & Council will chose someone to fill the vacant Ward 6 Council seat later in April or May.

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