Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Primary Conclusion: The Race for Mayor Is Back On

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 9:59 AM

So we have a mayoral race in the city of Tucson: Democrat Jonathan Rothschild will face Republican Rick Grinnell, who was able to get 5,773 write-in votes, far exceeding the 1,060 write-in votes he needed to get on the ballot after the two GOP candidates who filed to run were kicked off the ballot.

In the Green Party mayoral primary, Mary DeCamp crushed her pal, Dave Croteau, with 70 percent of the vote. That’s actually less impressive than it sounds, since DeCamp actually only got 312 votes to Croteau’s 109, but we had a feeling that DeCamp was going to win this one when we saw her out in front of Ward 3’s only polling station, waving a sign that said “Vote Green.”

We chatted briefly with DeCamp, who shared her concern that the Weekly has not been giving her adequate coverage. But it appears that things worked OK for her in the primary, despite our failure to give her much ink. (For the record, we did invite both DeCamp and Croteau to send us any information about her platform so we could post it right here on our well-read blog, but they both choose to focus their campaigns in another direction.)

Meanwhile, over in the Ward 1 Democratic primary, City Councilwoman Regina Romero easily dispatched Joe Flores, the former pharmacy owner who drew his support from a small group of conservative Hispanic Democrats and Republican Tea Party types. Romero captured more than 75 percent of the vote.

So ends a rather lackluster primary season that nonetheless drew a remarkable number of voters to the polls in Tucson’s first all-mail primary. There are a few votes still out there, but once those roll in, we’ll be crunching the final numbers for analysis. While a primary with so little competition makes for a bad model to draw many conclusions from, it appears that all-mail voting, at first glance, boosted voter turn-out.

Onward to the general election. Besides the mayor’s face between Rothschild, Grinnell and DeCamp, we’ve got three Council races:

• In Ward 2, Democratic City Councilman Paul Cunningham will face Republican Jennifer Rawson. More on that race here.

• In Ward 4, Democratic City Councilwoman Shirley Scott will face Republican Tyler Vogt. More on that race here.

• In Ward 1, Romero will face Green Party candidate Beryl Baker, who managed to get 10 write-in votes, exceeding the three votes she needed to make the ballot.

Official election results here.

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