Former UA Wildcat Football player and former President of Arizona Policy Institute (API) Tanner Bell intends to run as a Republican for District 3 Pima County Supervisor against 4-term incumbent Democrat Sharon Bronson. The Tucson Weekly announced his bid yesterday:
Bell is an academic counselor at the UA Athletic Dept. (click here for staff listing). He can be reached at email@example.com and is a political newcomer.
Information below from Arizona Policy Institute website:
Tanner Bell worked as an independent sales representative for a number of local Tucson firms. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Regional Development from the University of Arizona, where he was a three year Letterwinner in football.
He currently serves on the board for the National Football Foundation of Southern Arizona and the “A” Club. In addition to his board responsibilities he is a member of the Executive Committee for the United Way Inclusion Council and Young Leaders Society in which he co-chairs the Events Team. Most recently, Tanner has been nominated as a Finalist for the United Way’s Young Leader of the Year as well as Tucson’s Top 40 Under 40. Tanner is a transplant from the coast, growing up in Castroville, CA.
API is made up of a board of individuals from around Southern Arizona. API’s board is made of representetives (sic) from the following industries and areas of expertise: tourism, non-profit administration, entertainment, small business, commercial and residential development, association management, law, finance, large business, neighborhood associations, road construction, marketing and public relations, retail trades and urban planning. Each member of the API board was chosen for their experience in the marketplace, knowledge of the Southern Arizona business or political environment and their desire to create a better community. The members realize that personal benefits are secondary to collective community advancement.
Tanner Bell’s campaign website is www.tannerbell.com, and he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vice Chair Bronson announced her intent to run again for re-election on the Buckmaster show on April 5, 2012 (click here). She was first elected in Nov. 1996 (upsetting incumbent Republican-turned-Independent Supervisor Ed Moore).
District 1 Supervisor Ann Day (R) is retiring this year, and 4 Republicans (Mike Hellon, Ally Miller, Stuart McDaniel, LD 26 House Rep. Vic Williams), and one Democrat (former LD 26 House Rep. Nancy Young Wright) are seeking that seat.
District 2 Supervisor Chair Ramon Valadez (D) is running unopposed so far.
District 4 Supervisor Ray Carroll (R) is facing opposition in the Republican primary on August 28 from political newcomer/businessman Sean Collins.
District 5 Supervisor Richard Elias (D) is running unopposed so far.
Background on the past elections and bios of the current Supervisors, refer to my article last spring (click here) on “Pima County Board of Supervisors – incumbency matters”.
4/18/12 UPDATE: Bell is no longer President of the Arizona Policy Institute (though I did get phone confirmation at the API of that when I ran this story). Read more in Az Daily Star: