KUAT channel 6 reporters Christopher Conover and Andrea Kelly interviewed one write-in Republican who is vying in their primary on August 30 to be their party’s choice for Mayor of Tucson. Click here for the interview on August 19 of carpenter/construction worker Daryl Peterson. Lobbyist Rick Grinnell (the other write-in running for Mayor) was unable to attend the taping. Either needs 1060 write-in votes to qualify for the November general election ballot. Neither has run for Mayor before, but Grinnell has unsuccessfully run twice in the past for the Ward 2 Council seat.
Neither former Mayoral Republican candidates Ron Asta nor Shaun McClusky submitted enough valid signatures to qualify to be on the primary ballot, which is why there will be no Republican name printed on these ballots.
The two Democratic write-in candidates for Mayor, political newcomers David Karr and Joseph Maher Jr. were interviewed on KUAT two weeks before on August 5 (click here). They are facing Democratic candidate Jonathan Rothschild, who submitted 3283 signatures to qualify to have his name on the Democratic primary ballot. Rothschild is also a political newcomer and was interviewed on KUAT back in January (click here).
Also running for Mayor are two Green candidates Dave Croteau and Mary DeCamp who will face off in the Green Party primary on August 30. Croteau ran for Mayor before in 1999 (write-in) and 2007, and DeCamp ran for the Ward 3 Council seat two years ago. Their KUAT interview can be viewed here.
Ballots for the primary on August 30 were mailed out last week starting August 10. Absolute deadline for these ballots to be submitted to be counted is 7 p.m. on August 30.