Wednesday, July 18, 2012

GOP War in District 4: Challenger Collins Says Supervisor Ray Carroll Is "Too Comfortable in His Chair"

Posted By on Wed, Jul 18, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Republican Sean Collins lit into Pima County Supervisor Ray Carroll at yesterday’s Pima County Republican Club luncheon.

Sean Collins
  • Sean Collins
Collins, who hopes to unseat Carroll in the Aug. 28 GOP primary in District 4, had a long list of complaints about Pima County government in general and Carroll in particular.

Among Collins' gripes: Carroll had been registered as a Democrat in the 1990s before switching to the Republican Party. Carroll has led opposition to the Rosemont Mine. He hasn’t done enough to create jobs. He doesn’t work hard enough and ignores Republican voters except during election season. He hasn’t fixed enough potholes and has supported putting water stations in the desert to help migrant border crossers who are dying of thirst. He has supported the purchase of open space and has hamstrung developers with too many impact fees.

“The incumbent, my opponent, has been there for 15-plus years and he’s too comfortable in his chair, folks,” said Collins, a retired Air Force veteran who owns a Dairy Queen in Vail.

As Collins (who was followed as a speaker Tuesday by Rosemont Mine CEO Rod Pace) ran through his indictment, Carroll sat among the crowd at a table, a smile regularly crossing his face. He didn’t address the crowd that had assembled for lunch in the back room of El Parador restaurant, although he’s scheduled to be a speaker at the weekly event next month.

But Carroll tells The Weekly he’s been a conservative voice in his representation of District 4, which stretches from the Tanque Verde Valley to Green Valley.

“I’ve got the credentials of a fiscal conservative,” says Carroll, who points to his repeated opposition to a proposed countywide sales tax and his regular votes against County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry’s budgets.

“I’ve led the district on other conservative issues,” Carroll adds. “I’m pro-gun. I’m a devout Catholic who’s pro-life, from conception to natural death.”

But Carroll’s record has left some members of Tuesday crowd unhappy with him.

Pima County Supervisor Ray says hes fought against tax increases.
  • Pima County Supervisor Ray says he's fought against tax increases.
Rebecca Spann, who considered running against Carroll herself, complained that Carroll “votes like a Democrat. … He votes with them more times than he doesn’t.”

“He’s such an intimidating person, Ray is,” Spann added. “I told him, ‘Ray, you need to move on. You need to go write your book or do something else. You’ve been here too long.’ And that was three years ago.”

Other luncheon guests were supportive of Carroll.

Linda Barber, who headed up Evan Mecham’s Southern Arizona gubernatorial office in the late ’80s and served as chairwoman of the Pima County Republican Party from 1988 to 1992, said that she wasn’t taking sides in the race.

But she added that she believed Carroll was a loyal Republican and that Collin’s charges were “not always, 100 percent true.”

“I have to say this about Ray Carroll,” Barber said. “He has always been supportive of this Republican Party and whenever the party has a function, he’s there. … And I think Ray has really held the line on taxes. He’s been the last man standing against the county sales tax that they’ve pushed forward a few times.”

Barber disagrees with Carroll’s opposition to the Rosemont Mine, but says she thinks it’s the first time she’s seen him agree with Huckelberry.

Dick Dale, a local doctor who unsuccessfully ran for the Arizona Legislature in 2004, said that he found Collins to be “a little negative.”

“I like Ray because I’ve known him a long time,” Dale said. “You know, he put so many miles on his truck every year … I think he does talk to his constituents.”

Comments (21)

Showing 1-21 of 21

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-21 of 21

Add a comment

More by Jim Nintzel

  • Editor's Note

    Smoke Signals
    • Apr 19, 2018
  • Editor's Note

    Get Your Fest On
    • Apr 12, 2018
  • The Skinny

    Downtown Tucson scored a big win last week when Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation extending the life of the Rio Nuevo district for an extra decade.
    • Apr 12, 2018
  • More »
Today | Thu | Fri | Sat | Sun | Mon | Tue
PiYo Strength Class

PiYo Strength Class @ Floor Polish

Thursdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

All of today's events | Staff Picks

Staff Pick

Tucson International Mariachi Conference

The Tucson International Mariachi Conference was created to pass mariachi traditions to the next generation. 4/26 @… More

@ AVA: Anselmo Valencia Tori Amphitheater Thu., April 26, 6-8 p.m., Fri., April 27, 7-9 p.m. and Sat., April 28, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Casino del Sol, 5655 W. Valencia Road.

» More Picks

Submit an Event Listing

Popular Content

  1. Eve of a Strike: Teachers and Districts Prep To Walk out of Schools This Week (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  2. Conservatives Told: Keep Criticizing Teachers, But Not About Their Pay or Perks (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  3. Catalina Brewing Beers Good News for Striking Teachers (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  4. The Strike Is On: Arizona Teachers Prepared for Walkout Next Week (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)
  5. Antigone Books To Be Sold to Three Employees (If They Can Raise Some More Cash) (The Range: The Tucson Weekly's Daily Dispatch)

© 2018 Tucson Weekly | 7225 Mona Lisa Rd. Ste. 125, Tucson AZ 85741 | (520) 797-4384 | Powered by Foundation