The Arizona Daily Star is reporting that Marshall Home (the self proclaimed “multi-billionaire – patriot not a politician”), a Democratic contender for Mayor of the City of Tucson has withdrawn from the race. His residence in the City of Tucson was challenged in a lawsuit filed by citizen Luke Knipe. Click here for article by Rhonda Bodfield of the Star, who attended the court hearing yesterday at Superior Court before Judge R. Douglas Holt.
I reported on Home entering the Mayor’s race back in March (click here), and also when he subsequently changed his party affiliation from Independent to Democrat to enter the Democratic primary, to challenge Mayoral candidate Jonathan Rothschild (click here). I noted back then on March 25 that there were apparent problems with his residency at a Pima County address and not in the City of Tucson (per information received from the Pima County Recorder’s Office).
Candidates running for Mayor (and Council) must have been a resident of the City of Tucson for “not less than 3 years immediately prior to becoming a candidate.” Tucson Charter Chapter XVI Section 5.
On June 2, I wrote a blog about who the 7 candidates who officially filed for Mayor are (click here, with photos).
With Home’s withdrawal there will be no Democratic primary on August 30, as attorney Jonathan Rothschild is now the sole Democrat running for Mayor. Two Republicans (Ron Asta and Shaun McClusky) are campaigning for Mayor (though both face courtroom challenges as well). Two Green candidates Dave Croteau and Mary DeCamp face no challenges to their nomination petitions (and will meet up in the Green Party primary), but Independent Pat Darcy does face a legal challenge on Monday.
So stay tuned for further developments in this Mayor’s race.