As many of you may already know, the City of Tucson will conduct vote-by-mail elections on Aug. 27 for the mayor and council members for Wards 1, 2 and 4. Since these elected officials will serve four-year terms, they have the potential to have an enormous impact on Tucson’s economy and community. Therefore, we want to do our part to ensure the public is fully aware of upcoming important dates, what the Tucson Metro Chamber finds important for the candidates to advocate and how we reached our decisions for the candidates we have endorsed. But above all, our highest priority for those of you who will read this is to encourage you to vote.
July 29: Register to vote! If you are registered as Independent, No Party Preference or as a member of a political party other than Democratic, Republican or Libertarian, you must register to vote for the Democratic Mayoral Primary.
August 21: Last day for voters to mail back their voted ballot. Ballots may be dropped off at a voting location on Election Day only.
August 27: Tucson Democratic Primary election (The winner of the Primary Election will run against the Independent candidate in the General Election. A Republican is not running this year.)
November 5: General Election
The Tucson Metro Chamber advocates for growing, recruiting and retaining businesses of all sizes. With more than 1,500 investor businesses, and their 160,000 employees, the chamber hears the needs necessary to achieve economic vitality. The chamber prioritizes growing commerce because that is the key to making Tucson the destination for business success. As published last spring by the business community at the State of the City Address, growth and diversity in industry are critical and requires leaders to prioritize the following:
- Core services of public safety, infrastructure, and parks
- Economic drivers of the region
- Davis-Monthan Air Force Base as America’s Asset, Tucson’s Treasure
- Being accessible and responsive to local business stakeholders
- Mutually beneficial relations with Mexico, the State, Pima County and other local jurisdictions
Candidate Evaluation Committee
To arrive at objective candidate endorsements based on pro-business and pro-jobs criteria, the Tucson Metro Chamber’s Candidate Evaluation Committee conducted written and oral interviews with all mayoral and council member candidates. The 17-person Candidate Evaluation Committee—consisting of five Democrats, five Republicans and seven Independents—was a politically balanced panel of local business executives representing nearly equal numbers of party affiliation including Independent voters to best reflect the diversity of the chamber membership. These committee members were selected due to their keen sense of awareness of business, community, and political issues.
The Candidate Evaluation Committee presented its recommendations to the Chamber’s Board of Directors for approval based on the quantitative and qualitative results of the interviews. Barbi Reuter, Chair of the Board of Directors said, “These endorsements express the ideals and mission of the Chamber. The views of the endorsed candidates align with our focus on economic development, specifically business attraction and retention, to drive our vibrant community forward.”
To learn more about our endorsements, please visit tucsonchamber.org/endorsements.
Michael Guymon is the Tucson Metro Chamber Vice President.