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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.
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.
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.
On Sept. 3, the Oro Valley Town Council rezoned and approved the development of a store that will have a functional water feature. The council also approved the use of larger banner signs that will be along Ina Road to promote Tohono Chul Park.
Oro Valley Town Council rezoned and approved the development of a Tucson Koi and Water Gardens location on Oracle Road, slightly south of Magee Road.
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.
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.
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.
Join the Oro Valley Music and Dance Academy string ensemble in an engaging experience for kids. Clap along, play percussion instruments and even help conduct it on Saturday, Sept. 6.
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,
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.
If there’s one thing that Satish Hiremath and Patrick Straney agree on, it’s that the position as Oro Valley’s top government official is one worth having.
I was stunned to read the letter last week that extolled the wonderful accomplishments of the three council members up for re-election and the mayor. The writer must have been out of town a great deal.
I love the way these incumbents running for re-election are touting their “proven leadership”
In the last two Oro Valley candidate forums the subject of “civility” has been discussed. And the tenor of the discussion indicates the two challengers were pointing the finger at the incumbents (Hiremath, Hornat, Snider and Waters) as the source of the incivility. I believe Councilman Waters properly addressed the matter by saying that to disagree is not being uncivil. However I must agree that there is a lack of civility on the part of three sitting council members, none of whom are currently running for election.
A recent opinion here went on in some length about why she simply cannot vote for Mayor Hiremath. She went on and on about her dismay that our current mayor does not demonstrate “quality leadership on her key issues that affect her/our community.”
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.
More than 100 people attended the Oro Valley Mayor and Town Council forum at the Oro Valley Church of the Nazarene on July 31.
Why are you running for Town Council?
Why are you running for Town Council?