With the off-season elections wrapping up, focus is now turning to 2012 where Northwest voters will have plenty of decisions to make, starting with the Oro Valley Town Council election in March.
While Marana won’t have another council election until 2013, Oro Valley has three seats up for election.
Seasoned incumbents Barry Gallespie and Bill Garner are up for reelection, while appointed councilman Steve Solomon is seeking his first official election.
Solomon was appointed to the council by a majority vote of the council last year.
While Garner and Solomon have already picked up packets, Gallespie has not.
Others taking interest in running include Brendon Burns, Mike Zinkin and Mark Napier.
Zinkin ran against Mayor Sathish Hiremath last year, losing by a margin of 30 votes in a controversial election.
Zinkin will now be running for a four-year regular City Council seat.
Deputy Town Clerk Michael Standish said Burns, Solomon, Garner, Zinkin and Napier have pulled candidate handbooks and submitted a Statement of Organization.
Michael Bauerlein and Fred Narcaroti have only pulled candidate handbooks to date.
Time is ticking to become an official candidate in the upcoming town election.
To get on the Primary Election ballot in March, perspective candidates must collect a minimum of 428 signatures, and a maximum of 856 signatures.
Signatures must be from registered voters living inside Oro Valley Town limits.
Candidates have until Dec. 14 to submit paperwork to Town Clerk Julie Bower.
For more information, log onto the town’s website at www.orovalley.gov.
Federal, state and county races
At the county level, voters will be electing all five seats on the Pima County Board of Supervisors.
In the Northwest Region, or District 1, incumbent Ann Day has said she will not be seeking reelection.
Republican Vic Williams, who currently serves District 26 in the state House of Representatives, said he has formed an exploratory committee to consider running in next year’s county election.
County seats also facing reelection include the sheriff, attorney, recorder, treasurer, assessor and superintendent of schools.
In state offices, Senator Al Melvin will be up for reelection in District 26, along with senators from districts 25-30.
In the State House of Representatives, districts 25-30 are also up for reelection in 2012.
At the federal level, all eyes remain on District 8 where Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has yet to make an official announcement on whether or not she will seek a third term.
In January, Giffords was shot in the head during a “Congress on your Corner” event. Giffords has spent the last 10 months in rehabilitation, living with her husband, Mark Kelly, in Texas.
With a book being released this week, and an appearance on ABC’s Diane Sawyer, Giffords has said she will return to congress.
While waiting for Giffords, some Republicans are starting to look at running for the District 8 seat, with the state’s District 30 Senator Frank Antenori forming an exploratory committee.
Jon Kyle’s seat with the U.S. Senate is also up for election in 2012. With Kyle announcing his retirement, the race will be wide open with plenty of Democrat and Republican candidates already showing interest.
The most important race in 2012 may be President Barack Obama’s bid for a second four-year term.
While Obama is already hitting the campaign trail, a large group of Republican candidates are battling against each other to win the Primary Election in the Primary Election next August.
While Mitt Romney continues to be consistent in the polls, Herman Cain and Rick Perry are gaining plenty of publicity.
A recent gallop poll showed 72 percent of Republicans remain undecided.