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Never mind the GOP, Tucson's new alternative may be on the Left

Someone has got to hold our Democratic incumbents accountable and it’s probably time to stop the expecting the heat to come from the Right. It may have to come from the Left; at least around Tucson.... Read more»

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Nov 3, 2021, 8:19 pm
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The political establishment and the people of Tucson seem to be comfortable with the status quo and determined to maintain it in regard to one key element.  That is the somewhat unusual if not unique system of ward-only primary elections followed by citywide general elections. Oh yes, and of course all of these are partisan.  The Democratic candidates in conservative wards can count on citywide support in the general election even if voters in their ward prefer the Republican.
In order to make life a little more interesting in City Hall, I’d suggest ward-only general elections.  Not only might this give the city a couple of Republican Council members, it might encourage folks in outlying areas like the Catalina foothills and Tanque Verde valley to consider incorporation and full participation in the political lire of the city.  Think any Democratic office holder or cndidate will propose this change anytime soon?

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Nov 3, 2021, 10:35 pm
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The strenth of these organizations is that they rarely concede their power to the electoral, establishment Dems. They have had numerous victories the last 4-5 years by independent political campaigns like 206, defund Stonegarden, etc., relying on grass-roots support while cowardly elected Dems oppose them like they did Sancturary. Their opposition to that has tremendously hurt their credibility with grass roots Dems, though they will deny it.

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