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Your mailboxes have been flooded, you can’t watch the latest “Modern Family” without seeing political ads, and your phone is probably blowing up with calls asking who you’re voting for.
Americans don’t want someone else telling them how to educate their children.
While Congressional District 1 is the 10th largest in the nation, and has one of the most diverse populations – both Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D) and challenger Ariz. House Speaker Andy Tobin (R) agree that the majority of the district is rural and the needs of constituents are common.
During the Oct. 1 Oro Valley Town Council meeting, mayor and council incorporated a new 39-acre property and rezoned it, amended the town code for elections, and approved the programming components for Naranja Park.
IMPACT of Southern Arizona, in partnership with the Pima County Small Business Commission, is hosting a Business Resource Fair to learn about local businesses and services on Saturday, October 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Coronado K-8 school. Similar to their Youth Day held each spring, the family-friendly event will include informational booths, food, music, and inflatables for the kids. Drop by and discover the business services available just outside your back door. The Pima County Small Business Commission will hold their monthly meeting at the school, prior to the fair from 9 a.m.-10 a.m. The public is welcome to attend the meeting and meet the members.
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.
New board leadership is in place for the Greater Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce, and new board members have been seated.
It’s been a heck-of-a-summer. Campaigning for re-election to the town council again put me in close touch with folks whose doorbells I poked and whose small dogs became extremely alarmed. One little older woman said she’d vote for me just for coming to her door in the heat.
In his fifth State of the Town address on Sept. 12, Oro Valley Mayor Satish Hiremath said he is proud of what continues to be accomplished in the community located six miles north of Tucson.
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.
The editor in her “We Say” said that she was tempted to write a column during the primary election. This reader wished she had. During the primary there were a number of off the wall statements, and flip-flops by the candidates. Some of the statements by the candidates where Doug Ducey, in the Arizona Daily Star, said he wants to eliminate the personnel and corporate income taxes.
In the Oro Valley primary election, incumbent Mayor Satish Hiremath was reelected over challenger Pat Straney.
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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In honor of sticking to not endorsing candidates during the election, I held off writing this column, although I was tempted throughout the primary election. However, the primary is over, several races have been decided , so here it goes.
The Oro Valley election is over and by a large margin (mandate type margin) the incumbents won. According to the latest numbers the margin of victory in the mayoral race was 2,550 votes. The challenger for a council seat fell short by 2,082 votes.
Magnanimous in Victory? Hardly.
First of all, I want to express my deep gratitude to all of the many wonderful volunteers that came forward to support me in my campaign for mayor. I feel that my campaign was a fact-based, professional attempt to offer a viable alternative to the citizens of Oro Valley for mayoral leadership.
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.
At the Greater Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce Candidate Forum, Mayor Hiremath, said,
While there it is clear the Oro Valley mayoral candidates have different management styles, another big difference in this election cycle is campaign finances.
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.
Re: Cannot vote for Hiremath, July 23 - Maksim states that “Selecting a candidate for public office based purely on his/her support for same-sex unions is silly as selecting a candidate based purely on skin color or gender – witness our recent national experience with a sitting president and with a former Secretary of State.” Facts prove that the latter part of this statement is totally false. Facts show that the American people not only once, but twice, voted their conscience and selected Barack H. Obama & Joe Biden over John McCain and Sarah Palin and more recently over Mitt Romney (Mr. 47 percent) and Paul Ryan because past performance and the debates proved that the Obama-Biden team displayed the ability to better serve the American people. Ergo, skin color proved not to be the deciding factor but ability to do the job as displayed to the American people.