Marcia Ortega withdraws from Ward 1 Council raceby Carolyn Classen on Feb. 22, 2011, under Life, Politics
Press release today from Democrat Marcia Ortega:
Friends, family, and supporters… It saddens me to report to all that I will be withdrawing from the Tucson City Council elections for Ward I. Many of you are aware of the reason behind this decision. However, I would like to clarify and explain to my supporters why I have chosen to make this decision.
Although I have been a registered voter since 1994, Pima County Recorder’s offices conveniently could not locate my records. They also could not find record of me moving from the county to Tucson city limits at the end of 2008. This discrepancy has unfortunately made me in-eligible to run for City Council. There are processes in the City of Tucson and within Pima County that need to be worked on. At this time, my time and efforts are being redirected to proving the discrepancies, in which I can. However, it is time consuming and is not fair to my constituents. This has led me to believe now more than ever that changes need to be made.
I believe things happen for a reason, and bigger and better things are coming my way. Could this be that the next time elections come around I will be running for a city position, or state position? Let it be known that I will be here, strong and present for the next elections. I am confident to say that I would’ve ran a tight race without having to piggyback off of someone else’s last name. Whether I am a public official or not, at the present time, I will continue to be an advocate for the City of Tucson!
I would like to thank the local media (television, newspaper, and websites) for their interest in me and getting the truth about my candidacy. Thank You.
For my earlier blog on this race, with political newcomer Ortega as a primary race challenger along with businessman Joe Flores of one term Ward 1 Councilmember Regina Romero, click here.