Oro Valley resident Joe Hornat says he intends to make a run for town council.

A native of the Chicago area, Hornat has lived in Oro Valley for four years.

He worked as a telecommunications manager for a commodity trading company for more than 25 years.

Hornat also served a term on Oro Valley's planning commission.

If elected, he says he intends to represent what is best for the residents and businesses of Oro Valley. 

"I don't know what 'not business friendly' is," Hornat said.

He said the town and business community should find better ways to cooperate and work toward common goals.

"We need our local businesses to be able to operate in an environment that will allow them to be successful and contributors to our town's growth," Hornat said.

He cited his work as a volunteer mediator with the Arizona Attorney General's Office of Civil Rights. In that task, he sought to bring together divergent groups and resolve complex issues, an experience he thinks the council could use.

"I think accessibility and listening to people is a big deal," Hornat said.

Regarding the developing issue of property taxes, the candidate said the residents would have to decide what kind of town they want to have and what services the town should provide.

"I personally hate taxes like everyone does," Hornat said. "Rather than let the council make the choice, let the citizens make the choice."

He also expressed strong support for police and fire services.

"As your council member I will be steadfast in assuring that our first responders have the resources to continue to protect our residents," Hornat said. 

With the town still in negotiations for the annexation of Arroyo Grande, the 14-square mile state-owned property north of Oro Valley, Hornat said his experience on the planning commission would benefit the town.

"My experience on the Oro Valley Planning and Zoning Commission has given me an insight into how to protect our desert environment and water resources," Hornat said.

He said that he supports the proposed annexation and for keeping 68 percent of Arroyo Grande open space, as the town and state negotiated.

He said the proposed annexation poses the possibility of the town to grow in a managed way and to help provide a sense of place beyond a bedroom community.

"Oro Valley needs to be a place where you can start living," Hornat said.

The town council primary election is scheduled for March 9, 2010 and the general election May 18.

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