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General election issues shaping up

Oracle, marana School issues on ballot, Giffords may Be opposed

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Posted: Wednesday, September 7, 2011 3:00 am

The City of Tucson will have a mayoral race after all, now that write-in candidate Rick Grinnell received enough Republican votes in the Aug. 30 primary election to move on to the general election.

Grinnell will face Democrat Jonathan Rothschild in November.

With 5,773 votes, Grinnell received five times the number of votes required for a write-in to advance to the general election.

Rothschild, who ran unopposed in the primary, received 24,134 votes, according to the unofficial results.

Current Tucson Mayor Bob Walkup opted not to run for reelection.

The General Election

While the Aug. 30 primary election was open only to voters inside Tucson city limits, the November election will have several regional questions for local voters to decide.

The Marana and Oracle school districts will be on the ballot.

The Marana Unified School District is seeking voter authorization to continue operating at

10 percent over its existing management and operation budget, an action voters had approved during previous elections.

The override was originally approved in 2007.

The Oracle School District is asking for new money to update aging facilities that do not meet current building codes.

The district is asking residents to approve a $13 million bond that will amount to a 50-cent property tax increase per $100 of a property’s assessed value.

SaddleBrooke residents will play a key role in whether the initiative passes.

A look ahead

The 2012 elections are already shaping up to receive national attention as all eyes remain on District 8 Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and whether she can recover from a gunshot wound to the head and run for a third term.

Giffords, who was shot in an assassination attempt on Jan. 8, may already have a challenger within her own party.

Tucson special education teacher Anthony Prowell has announced his intentions to run on the Democratic ticket against Giffords in 2012.

Prowell filed paperwork to enter the race with the Federal Election Commission in July.

On the Republican side, District 30 Sen. Frank Antenori has formed an exploratory committee to research the possibility of running for the District 8 seat next year.

Antenori said he is in the very early stages of the process, adding plenty of questions need to be answered before he can throw his hat into the ring.

The biggest question is whether Giffords will run for reelection.

Arizona residents also will elect a U.S. Senator to replace incumbent Rep. John Kyl, who has announced he will not seek reelection.

General election dates

Last day to register: Oct. 11

Early voting begins: Oct. 13

Election day: Nov. 8

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