The Oro Valley election is over and by a large margin (mandate type margin) the incumbents won. According to the latest numbers the margin of victory in the mayoral race was 2,550 votes. The challenger for a council seat fell short by 2,082 votes.
While some attempt to explain the outcome through the change in the election cycle and that more Republicans voted than others in a non-partisan election, I believe the best explanation comes from a local blog with the word truth in their name.
Their opinion, and I happen to agree with it, is that there were two primary (no pun intended) reasons for the outcome. The first is that the incumbents (Hiremath, Hornat, Snider and Waters) provided the citizens with a record of fiscal responsibility, strong support for public safety and leadership.
The second reason was that the citizen voted against negative conduct of the remaining three town council members who supported the challengers directly or indirectly. They cited the recent harassment scandal that involved one member, the indictment of another and the derogatory comments made by the third about the police department. All of these incidents occurred or became public in the last 10 months or so.
In any event, the future looks bright for Oro Valley. There is good reason to believe that Mayor Hiremath and Council members Hornat, Snider and Waters will continue to excel and produce positive results both at the dais and in their personal life.