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Upset with the rushed deadlines and lack of transparency in the proposed country club purchase, I had an email exchange with Councilman Joe Hornat just prior to the Dec. 17 meeting. When asked why on earth the town would want to get into a declining industry like the golf course business, Mr. Hornat replied “we don’t want to be in the golf business and that is why we will be hiring Troon to do that.” Really? If the town owns a golf club, it is in the golf course business. Period. And by extension, so are all Oro Valley residents, like it or not.
From the back of a packed Oro Valley Town Council chambers, near the doors ordered open by the town fire marshal, one of the many skeptics of the town’s proposal to purchase the Hilton El Conquistador’s country club couldn’t contain his irritation.
Oro Valley Mayor Satish Hiremath, left, Vice Mayor Lou Waters, and Councilwoman Mary Snider listen to a resident speak his opinion about what he feels the council should do with the Hilton El Conquistador property. Those members of the council and Councilman Joe Hornat voted in favor of purchasing the property, which passed 4-3.
Oro Valley residents who oppose the Town Council’s recent decision to purchase the El Conquistador country club and golf facilities for a town community center have filed an application for a referendum petition, potentially allowing local voters to ultimately decide.
It’s going to only take one of the current majority to do the right thing and vote to table, or against, the proposed golf course purchase and sales tax increase tonight (Dec. 17). It’s going to take one of the majority, consisting of Mayor Satish Hiremath, Councilman Joe Hornat, Councilwoman Mary Snider or Vice Mayor Lou Waters, to say no to this ill-advised, badly-planned prospect.
Those anticipating the arrival of the Big Horn Commerce Center in Oro Valley will have to wait a little bit longer.
On Aug. 26, the Town of Oro Valley conducted its primary election. Previously, the town’s nonpartisan primary and general elections were held in March and May respectively and conducted as mail ballot elections. Due to a recent change in state law (HB 2826), the town is now required to consolidate its primary and general elections with Pima County’s partisan primary polling place election in August, and the general polling place election in November.
Oro Valley Mayor Dr. Satish I. Hiremath will offer his fifth State of the Town Address at a luncheon Friday, Sept. 12, starting at 11:45 a.m. at the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort in Oro Valley.
Last week in the Oro Valley primary election, the two incumbent council members, Mary Snider and Joe Hornat, along with incumbent Vice Mayor Lou Waters were re-elected over challenger Don Bristow.
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According to Town of Oro Valley clerk Julie Bower, the four incumbents - Mayor Satish Hiremath and councilmembers Joe Hornat, Lou Waters, and Mary Snider - have won the election outright with all precincts reporting.
In the midst of an election season in Oro Valley where the mayor and three councilmembers are up for reelection, the topic of the town’s budget has been brought up along with a council seat challenger saying funds have not been properly managed.
In the midst of an election season in Oro Valley where the mayor and three council members are up for reelection, the topic of the town’s budget has been brought up along with a council seat challenger saying funds have not been properly managed.
Mayoral Race: A day before early ballots were mailed out to residents on July 31, the Oro Valley Town Council and Mayoral candidates participated in a debate with topics ranging from budget, policy, collaboration, businesses and the future of the town in front of a little more than 100 people.
Town of Oro Valley councilmember candidate Joe Hornat.
Town of Oro Valley councilmember candidates Don Bristow, Joe Hornat, Mary Snider and Lou Waters all debated on July 31. The debate was moderated by Explorer Newspaper and Inside Tucson Business editor Thelma Grimes, and Greater Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Dave Perry.
Town of Oro Valley councilmember candidates Don Bristow, Joe Hornat, Mary Snider and Lou Waters all debated on July 31.
Why are you running for Town Council?
Why are you running for Town Council?
As the election for Mayor and three Council seats draws near, it’s time we, as Oro Valley residents, open our eyes. Let’s take a look to see what the four incumbents have done as a council and as individuals.
As a resident of Oro Valley and a 16-year observer of OV government, politicians and elections in our community, I would urge citizens of Oro Valley, including my friends and neighbors to vote for Satish Hiremath for Mayor and Joe Hornat, Mary Snider and Lou Waters for OV Council as the best choices for these offices in this election.
In Oro Valley, the Primary Election (Aug. 26 election day) is the first round of voting where all initial candidates have the potential to receive votes in order to advance to the General Election or win outright. Registered voters will select a candidate for each open seat, and in the case of this year’s local election, residents will select one candidate for the open Mayoral seat and three candidates for the three open Councilmember seats. If the candidates do not win outright, then the candidates receiving the highest amount of votes candidates per remaining open seat) move on to the General Election (Nov. 4 election day). Oro Valley has non-partisan elections, which means that candidates are elected regardless of their political affiliation.
Candidates for Oro Valley mayor and town council have agreed to participate in a forum Wednesday, July 30, at the Oro Valley Church of the Nazarene, 500 W. Calle Concordia.
As has been previously reported in the Explorer, Mike Zinkin has been pursuing legal action against a number of Oro Valley citizens who were involved with the recent recall effort, including myself.