Election 2011 – Tucson Mayoral Election
Arizona has been at the forefront of contentious political battles over the past year, especially when it comes to the issue of immigration. Tucson, however, was rocked by the shooting of US Representative Gabrielle Giffords and the murder of six members of her staff and the audience at a meeting in the city. With this dueling mindsets – political tension and a desire to heal divisiveness after the horrific events – the city will decide who will be their new mayor.
The incumbent, Bob Walkup, was the first Republican elected to lead the city and he has decided after 12 years that he would not seek reelection.
In the primary, Democrats had already rallied around Jonathan Rothschild. The partner in a local law firm and former clerk in the District Court, he has also taught law at the University of Arizona and served as treasurer for the county’s Democratic Party.
Republicans had no one file before the deadline, but rallied to select Rick Grinnell as a write-in candidate. He is a local marketing executive and started a company working to improve relations between businesses and government.
Mary DeCamp is the Green Party nominee in this race.