Who's Running In The Upcoming Tucson City Council Primary?
By Jim Nintzel
TUCSONANS WILL GO to the polls in September and November this year to fill two contested seats on the City Council.
Because there are more than 128,000 Democrats and only about 84,000 Republicans in the city limits, Democrats have a formidable edge in city elections. That means, as usual, the key decisions will be made in the September primary election.
In midtown Ward 6, five Democrats--Octavio Barcelo, Tres English, Alison Hughes, Leo Pilachowski and Carol Zimmerman--are facing off for the office now held by retiring Councilwoman Molly McKasson. The winner of the race will face Republican Fred Ronstadt in November.
In northwestern Ward 3, Councilman Michael Crawford, who was appointed to the seat in 1995, will face three other Democrats: Jerry Anderson, Alex Himmelman and Demitri Downing. Republican Dan Copeland may be on the November ballot, but rumors in the GOP suggest he may be dropping out of the race soon.
Ward 5 incumbent Steve Leal is unopposed in his re-election effort.
The general election ballot may also contain several propositions, including:
Primary election day is September 16. The deadline to register to vote in the primary is August 18. General election day is November 4.
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