Friday, March 14, 2008

Richard Elias May Have a Challenger in Bruce Wheeler

Posted By on Fri, Mar 14, 2008 at 8:18 PM

What was looking like another unchallenged election season for the Pima County Board of Supervisors changed when former Pima County Democratic Party chair Donna Branch-Gilby announced her intention to run against Supervisor Sharon Bronson. Then last week, Republican Barney Brenner, who lost to Bronson in 2000, decided to join the fray as the GOP opponent. 

This week, the Tucson Weekly learned that Bronson may not be the only candidate facing a challenge this election. Former two-term Tucson City Councilman and legislator Bruce Wheeler says he's giving serious consideration to take on Richard Elias.

Wheeler says there is an intentional plan by local Democrats and other activists to find three candidates to run against the three existing Democratic supervisors. Branch-Gilby is one, and if Wheeler decides to move forward, he'd be the second tapped to challenge another county incumbent.

"There's been discussion of the severe disappointment in the Democratic supervisors," Wheeler says. "Election integrity issues are primary concerns obviously, but the Democratic board has approved every bond and tax proposal... Financial integrity is an issue, too."

Finding a third candidate to run against Ramon Valadez is key to helping Wheeler decide if he's ready to return to politics and take on Elias. Anyone out there interested in completing this trifecta?