Monday, July 11, 2011

Tucson Mayoral Write-In Jubilee Continues

Posted By on Mon, Jul 11, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Rick Grinnell, who has unsuccessfully run for the Ward 2 City Council seat twice, tells The Range he'll be filing his paperwork as a write-in candidate for mayor tomorrow. Grinnell needs at least 1,060 votes in the August primary election to get his name on the November ballot so he can face off against Democrat Jonathan Rothschild and the winner of the Green Party primary between Dave Croteau and Mary DeCamp.

The two GOP candidates who tried to run for mayor this year failed to collect enough signatures and were booted from the ballot.

Meanwhile, political newcomer David Karr, who is running a quixotic write-in campaign for mayor, is knocking down rumors that he will run in the Green primary rather than the Democratic primary, although he did appear with the Green Party candidates at a forum.

"I'm going to try something crazy," Karr tells The Range. "I'm going to run as a green Democrat."

Karr says he embraces Green values because he recycles his trash and may include solar power in an ongoing remodel of his home.

Karr concedes that getting more votes than Rothschild will be an uphill battle, given that Rothschild's name will actually appear on the ballot. On top of that, Rothschild has the support of the Democratic Party, has been organizing his campaign for more than a year and has raised more than $160,000.

"I have nothing to lose," Karr says. "Might as well go for it."

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