The City of Tucson’s General Election for a new Mayor and three City Councilmembers is taking place right now, with the City’s first vote-by-mail general election. Wards 1, 2 and 4 are up for election, and the Mayor’s race has no incumbent running, with Republican Mayoral Bob Walkup stepping down after 3 terms (12 years) in office.
For those of you still trying to decide whom to vote for Mayor, you can view these online debates:
KUAT Channel 6 of all three Mayoral candidates on October 13 (click here).
KVOI 1030 AM Buckmaster radio Show of all three Mayoral candidates on October 21 (click here).
Brief synopsis of who’s running for Mayor:
–Mary Decamp (Green), community activist, Connector for PRO Neighborhoods, former college instructor, currently camping out at Occupy Tucson at Armory Park downtown. She ran for the Ward 3 Council seat unsuccessfully in 2009, defeated fellow activist/former 2007 Mayoral candidate Dave Croteau in their Green Party Primary in August, 2011.
–Rick Grinnell (Republican), lobbyist (one client of his company Strategic United Business Strategies is Rosemont Copper), Board Member on new reconstituted Rio Nuevo Multi Purpose Facilities District, received 7,770 write-in votes in the August Republican primary, ran twice before unsuccessfully for Ward 2 Council seat (1995 and 1999).
–Jonathan Rothschild (Democrat), attorney/former managing partner of his law firm of Mesch, Clark & Rothschld originally founded by his father Lowell, former Treasurer of Pima County Democratic Party, political newcomer, faced no opposition in the August Democratic primary. Rothschild was endorsed by the Arizona Daily Star on October 16.
Campaign websites below (or click here for previous blog for all Mayoral/Council candidates websites).
Mary DeCamp (G), www.decampformayor.org
Rick Grinnell (R), www.grinnell4mayor.com
Jonathan Rothschild (D), www.jonathanformayor.com
Ballots were mailed out on October 19. Your vote-by-mail ballot must be received by City Elections by 7 p.m. on Tuesday November 8. Mail early.