The City Council Race heats up

Original article by Gabe Acosta

During the month before August 29th, the people of Tucson will be voting on candidates in Wards 3, 5, and 6. We wanted to break down these races and provide information on the Democratic candidates.   

Ward 5 and 6

In both of these wards, the Democrats are the incumbents so they will be running to hold their seats.  At this time, they are unchallenged in their primaries.

Democrat Richard Fimbres is the Ward 5 representative on the Tucson City Council. He was first elected in 2009.  

In Ward 6, Democrat Steve Kozachik is the Tucson City Council representative . He was first elected in 2009.

Kozachik was a member of the Republican Party during the 2009 election. In 2013, he changed his party affiliation to Democrat.  He said at that time, “ (The Republican)  party, whether it’s on immigration, women’s reproductive rights or the whole social panoply of issues, is just out of touch with this community.”

Ward 3

In Ward 3, Democrat Karin Uhlich is retiring and there is a three way primary fight for control of her  seat.

Felicia Chew is a progressive candidate who is running to the left of the other candidates. (She has acknowledged that she voted for Green Party candidate Jill Stein in 2016 over Hillary Clinton)  Chew’s strongest credentials for the job are the 20 years she has spent teaching, most recently at Mansfield Middle School. A major focus in Chew’s campaign has been improving public transportation, specifically Sun Tran. She also served on the city’s Citizen Police Advisory Review Board and has been an advocate for domestic abuse victims.

Paul Durham is a local attorney and small business owner. He has previous experience in City Hall as one-time Chief of Staff to former Councilwoman Nina Trasoff. Politically, Durham is a past Treasurer of the Pima County Democratic Party. He is also a big advocate for action against climate change. In a recent forum, Durham has shown a fiscally moderate side by standing against increases in spending for some local city-funded programs.

Tom Trondale is likewise a local business owner and long-time resident of Tucson. He runs the Canyon Fence Company in Tucson. He is an opponent of special treatement of companies through tax incentives and regulations; he recently spoke out against a proposition by the Tucson Council to pull investments from businesses associated with the building of the President’s border wall. He is also a strong supporter of the public transit system.

The primary election will be held on August 29th, and voting by mail will begin soon.

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