Friday, September 30, 2016

Candidates for Pima District 4 supervisor seat differ on Rosemont

Here's the scoop on the Pima County District 4 race from the Daily Star.

In the District 4 race, Republican Steve Christy and the Green Party’s Josh Reilly will vie to replace outgoing Republican Ray Carroll, who was first appointed to the board in 1997 and won his first election in 1998.

Carroll announced he would not seek reelection earlier this year.

On Aug. 30 Christy handily won a three-way primary contest, taking nearly 55 percent of votes cast.

Reilly, whose party has scant membership in the district and whose campaign filed paperwork stating it would not raise or spend more than $500, faces long odds against Christy, who has raised and spent more money than all other supervisor candidates and seeks to represent a heavily Republican district.

Less than .2 percent of registered voters in the district are in the Green Party, and Democrats make up just shy of 30 percent. Registered Republicans are just over 39 percent.

So Reilly faces long odds but, if you care about water issues and the proposed mine he should have your vote. Here are some of the candidates' positions probed by the Star.

Q. Beyond the issues raised in the previous questions, what is the most significant problem or issue facing your district, and what would you do to address it?

Christy: Economic development and the roads must be top priorities. However, we must find ways to revitalize our home building industry, while reducing spending and property taxes. As a lifetime Tucson businessman, I look forward to applying my experience, leadership, and expertise in cutting costs and increasing efficiency.

Reilly: The Rosemont mine. Open pit mining is both environmentally and financially catastrophic. A significant percentage of our drinking water comes from the Santa Rita Mountains. We don’t need acid rain, toxic water, and heavy metals polluting our wildlife or us. I disagree with Steve Christy’s idea of passing the buck to U.S. Rep. Martha McSally. We live in a desert, and scarce resources must be preserved for the benefit of local taxpaying citizens, not resourced out to Canada or China while Pima County residents pay the cleanup costs for someone else’s profits. I will vehemently oppose this project using all legal means at my disposal.

That should be enough, but you can read the rest of the Star's report here.

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