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Oro Valley council candidates set for Aug. 26 primary

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Posted: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 4:00 am

Each of the four Oro Valley Town Council incumbents are all seeking reelection, along with a challenger to the three council seats, and one challenger for mayor.

Registration closed on May 28.

Mayor Satish Hiremath is seeking reelection against Pat Straney. Vice Mayor Lou Waters and councilmembers Joe Hornat and Mary Snider are having one of their spots challenged by Don Bristow.

The primary election will be held on Aug. 26. If any of the council candidates receive more than 16.67 percent of the total votes, they will be declared elected and will not be on the ballot for the general election, which will be on Nov. 4. For the mayor’s seat, if one of the candidates receives more than 50 percent of the total votes cast, they will be declared elected during the primary election.

For the position of mayor, Hiremath and Straney outlined their priorities.

Hiremath said his plans are going to be “keeping the budget balanced, continue the trend of being one of the safest communities in the nation, keeping the out-of-pocket cost we pay as residents as low as possible for services, continue the strong partnership with other public and private entities in order to improve the quality of life for our residents in Oro Valley, and provide resources and services for those residents who truly need help.”

Straney said he plans to “provide 

strong business-based leadership and governance of the Town of Oro Valley, to; establish an atmosphere of civility in which diverse opinions and ideas can be heard and vetted; strengthen regional relationships with municipalities, universities/colleges, and businesses (large and small), to build mutually beneficial partnerships going forward, and provide leadership and support to ensure continued excellence in Community Services that enhance the quality of life of Oro Valley Citizens.”

Incumbent Waters said he wants to “advance the policies of smart growth and environmental security, parks and recreation for our growing family of young folks, rooftops for employment in an expanding bio-med/bio tech ‘Innovation Park.’”

Waters said he is also planning ahead on the design of the new General Plan for 2015. 

In his four years on the council, Waters said Oro Valley has picked up all the “cans kicked down the road” by getting the library to where its opened seven days a week,  the transit program (Coyote Run, now called Dial-a-Ride, covers all of Pima County for our residents) has improved and Steam Pump Ranch is open. 

Waters said the town now has an Olympic and Family Class Aquatic Center and plans for expansion of sports tourism. 

“We’ve replaced a ‘glass-half-empty’ town management whose glass is half full,” Waters said. “I’m running because we cannot afford to step back.  That philosophy carried us through the recession with great success.”

Incumbent Hornat wants “parks to increase services to youth and facilitate tourism.” As well as to see “growth and revenue additions through annexations.”

Incumbent Snider plans to “support preserving and enhancing our town’s community policing program, and work to attract more services to Oro Valley for our resident’s enjoyment.  Also key to our continued economic development are wise planning for future water needs, a high level of road maintenance, and excellent schools. I will continue my strong working relationship with our education partners: Amphitheater Schools, BASIS Oro Valley, our private schools, Pima Community College and our state universities. I support a balance of preserving the natural beauty and rich history of Oro Valley with a healthy and vibrant business community which provides our fiscal strength. I will continue to listen to a chorus of voices from all age groups who wish to participate in the future direction of Oro Valley.”

Seeking for one of the three open council seats, Bristow’s “vision is to restore the Oro Valley Town Council to a decision-making team through the practice of civility and cooperation. I believe that this will result in the best ideas being brought forth and considered, regardless of the source. My focus is to be part of a citizen-centric council. The residents of Oro Valley are my only special interest. I want to balance the needs of our citizens with the needs of our business community.”

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