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Effort fails to recall OV officials

Three council seats to be filled in next election

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Posted: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 3:00 am

A group of residents seeking to recall Oro Valley Vice Mayor Mary Snider and Councilman Joe Hornat did not meet the Sept. 22 deadline to submit petitions.

Conny Culver, chairman of the OroValleyRecall.com group, obtained recall petitions from Town Clerk Julie Bower on May 25. From that date, the group had 120 days to collect 2,615 signatures for each councilmember.

Culver, a former member of the town council, and the group of Oro Valley residents were not happy with Hornat and Snider’s spending, voting to increase the town’s utility tax, and considering to turn the town’s transit services over to the Regional Transportation Authority.

Snider and Hornat are in the second year of a four-year term.

Upcoming election

While Hornat and Snider will not be facing a recall election, packets are currently available to any Oro Valley resident interested in running to fill three open spots on the Town Council in the regular March 2012 election.

Councilmen Bill Garner and Barry Gillaspie are up for reelection, while Councilman Steve Solomon is facing his first election.

Solomon was appointed to the council in a majority vote last year.

Bower said Garner and Solomon have already picked up election packets, as has Oro Valley resident Brendan Burns.

To get on the Primary Election ballot in March, potential candidates must collect a minimum of 428 signatures, and a maximum of 856 signatures.

Signatures must be from registered voters living inside Oro Valley Town limits.

Candidates will be able to submit the necessary paperwork into the clerk’s office between Nov. 14 and Dec. 14.

For more election information, log to the town’s website at http://www.orovalleyaz.gov/Town_Government/Town_Clerk/elections.htm.

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