Tucson Councilman Steve Kozachik says he won't accept campaign contributions for his reelection campaign: "If you have extra cash to invest in a cause, please consider supporting our local businesses, or find a non-profit that is aligned with your beliefs. People want money out of politics.”
Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik said today that he would not accept campaign funds in his bid for reelection this year.
He said it would be better to give money to a local nonprofit or business.
"People are working hard to get
back on their feet as we hopefully see an off-ramp to COVID-19," Kozachik said. "If you have
extra cash to invest in a cause, please consider supporting our local
businesses, or find a non-profit that is aligned with your beliefs. People want
money out of politics. That's what my campaign will model once again."
Kozachik said he filed more than 750 signatures today to secure his spot on the ballot.
Two Democrats have launched campaigns to knock Kozachik out of the Ward 6 seat he's held since 2009, when he was first elected on the Republican ticket. After a number of political skirmishes with Republican state lawmakers, Kozachik switched to the Democratic Party before running for a second term.
Democrat Miranda Schubert, a UA academic advisor and radio host at community radio station KXCI, has said she will focus her campaign on housing affordability and police reform.
Democrat Andrés Portela, who formerly worked as a policy and community development director for Kozachik's colleague, Ward 1 Councilmember Lane Santa Cruz, has said he is running "as a progressive Democrat with an emphasis on H.O.M.E. Housing, Opportunity, Mobility Justice and Environmental Justice."
Signatures for a spot on the Aug. 3 primary ballot are due by April 5.