Councilman Steve Kozachik Seeks to Continue to Serve the People of Ward Six

Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik wants to: Make your drinking water safe. Regulate the construction of 5G networks throughout Tucson. Protect historical buildings and small businesses on the Sunshine Mile Corridor. Expand the city recycling program and use the byproducts as tools in construction and landscaping. Serving Ward Six since 2009, Councilman Kozachik wants to continue to advocate for the people and defend their quality of life by winning reelection to the Tucson City Council. Councilman Kozachik took the time to discuss his candidacy for reelection. The questions and his responses are below. 1) Please tell the readers two reasons you [...]

By |2021-05-27T20:35:02-07:00May 25th, 2021|Local Candidates and Electeds|

Akanni Oyegbola, South Tucson’s Acting Mayor

Akanni Oyegbola is the Acting Mayor of the City of South Tucson. Raised in Washington D.C., he has been a student, spokesperson, local politician aide, and small business owner. His legislative, planning, business, and political experiences bring an important balance to the City of South Tucson. South Tucson has been a city within Tucson since 1940. It is 1.2 square miles with a population of 6,500. South Tucson is known for being influenced by Hispanic culture in restaurants and shops which sell traditional other goods throughout the city. Akanni is a member of the City of South Tucson’s Social Services [...]

By |2021-05-26T10:09:11-07:00May 24th, 2021|Local Candidates and Electeds|

Juan Padrés Wants to Bring a New Direction to the Tucson City Council

Fighting Poverty. Expanding Affordable Housing. Fostering Economic Development. Improving Transportation Infrastructure & Mobility. Lowering Tucson’s crime rate. These are the issues Juan Padrés will work on if elected to represent Ward 3 on the Tucson City Council. Experienced in working in both the private and public sector, Mr. Padrés said: “I am running for City Council because Ward Three needs a leader with vision, experience, integrity, compassion, and integrity.  I bring the proper tools and skillset to the table.  Together we can significantly improve the quality of life for all Tucsonans.”  Juan Padrés graciously took some time to discuss his candidacy [...]

By |2021-05-25T15:17:46-07:00May 24th, 2021|Local Candidates and Electeds|

Joyce Jones-Ivey, on the Oro Valley Town Council, Welcomes Questions from the Public

Joyce Jones-Ivey has served on the Oro Valley Town Council since 2018. She is a retired nurse who proudly served patients for 42 years. She spoke about how to influence your local government at the May 17, 2021 meeting of Democrats of Greater Tucson. She recommended that citizens visit the town website at, where elected officials and town departments are listed. People can attend the Community Academy to learn more about their community and local government from town staff and local experts. Residents can also attend the Citizen Academy, which gives the public information about the Oro Valley Police [...]

By |2021-05-19T14:37:38-07:00May 18th, 2021|Local Candidates and Electeds|

Steve Kozachik, Tucson City Councilman on Reid Park, 5G Towers and Water Pollution

Video editing by Anne Simmons. Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik, representing Ward 6, said he favors saving the duck pond and Barnum Hill in Reid Park, in a new proposal to build a natural resource center with more trees, new water features, and ADA accessibility. He spoke at the April 26, 2021, meeting of Democrats of Greater Tucson. "I support either B or C. Both got the highest number of votes. Both preserve our 4-year-old contract commitments, and both do not increase the cost beyond our ability to pull it off. Option G has up to a $25M added cost. [...]

By |2021-07-04T13:45:56-07:00April 29th, 2021|Local Candidates and Electeds, Tucson|

Dr. Randy Friese Aims to Succeed Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick in Congress

With Ann Kirkpatrick announcing her retirement from Congress after the 2022 elections, Democratic candidates from the Tucson area and Arizona State Legislature have emerged to succeed her. One of these Democratic Candidates is Dr. Randy Friese. Dr. Randy Friese has been a consistent supporter of gun violence prevention. A member of the Arizona House of Representatives since 2015, Dr. Friese has served Legislative District Nine in Tucson. He is currently a member of the House Appropriations Committee and the House Health Committee. He has also been a member of the House Judiciary, and Government and Higher Education Committees. [...]

By |2021-04-21T08:06:48-07:00April 20th, 2021|Arizona, Gun Safety, Local Candidates and Electeds|

Rural Dems ‘Outnumbered’ But Undaunted, says LD11 Chair Catalina Hall

Democrats have long dominated political races in Tucson, but that isn’t the case in surrounding areas. “Once you leave the city limits of Tucson, we’re outnumbered,” said Catalina Hall, a longtime Picture Rocks resident and chair of LD11 Democrats. Hall described the struggles of living in a legislative district that includes Marana, Oro Valley, Saddlebrooke, and Casa Grande in Pinal County and Maricopa City outside of Phoenix. “What we’re working on is growing as much as we can during the pandemic,” Hall told members of Democrats of Greater Tucson on April 5. Even without a pandemic, canvassing in rural areas [...]

By |2021-04-07T11:29:47-07:00April 6th, 2021|Local Candidates and Electeds|

Democrat Mo Udall was Tucson’s Progressive Light in Congress for 30 Years

Mo Udall represented Congressional District 2 for 30 years Congressman Mo Udall (CD2-D) led an All-American life. He is a beloved legislator, lawyer, banker, soldier who fought for his country, people’s champion, environmental advocate and steward, presidential candidate, writer, and athlete. Among his legislative accomplishments were sponsoring and endorsing bills that: Created new national monuments, wildlife refuges, and parks in Arizona and across the county. Set standards for the mining industry. Established the Central Arizona Water Project. Reformed the seniority system in the House of Representatives. Made the Post Office a semiprivate organization. Elevated the socio-economic conditions and [...]

By |2021-04-07T10:57:17-07:00April 3rd, 2021|Arizona, Local Candidates and Electeds|

WATCH: Billy Kovacs, Outreach Director, Drives Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick’s Priorities

Since 2019 Billy Kovacs had served as Outreach Director to disseminate crucial information about Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick's work (D-CD2. He spoke at the Democrats of Greater Tucson Meeting on March 22, 2021. Previously, Billy was a candidate for US Congress and the Political Director for David Garcia for Governor. In his current position, Billy reviews opinions, monitors feedback, and relays any concerns voiced by his network. Billy makes recommendations for legislation and policy working with the Congressional staff in Washington DC. Billy headed the weekly COVID-19 task force, and influenced issues including the environment, energy, water, business, infrastructure, and rural [...]

By |2021-03-24T17:40:27-07:00March 23rd, 2021|Local Candidates and Electeds, Tucson|

VIDEO: Lane Santa Cruz, Tucson Council Member, Announces 2021 Plans

Lane Santa Cruz has represented the Westside, Southside, and Downtown of Tucson in Ward 1 since 2019. She is a second-generation Tucsonan, born and raised in the Southside. As a council member, Lane’s mission is to serve as the bridge between working families and city hall. She has a Ph.D. in Teaching, Learning, and Sociocultural Studies from the University of Arizona. Lane continues to teach courses at the U of A’s Department of Mexican American Studies and College of Education. Before running for office, Lane worked as a council aide for Ward 1 and spent more than a decade working [...]

By |2021-03-05T08:52:16-07:00March 2nd, 2021|Local Candidates and Electeds, Tucson|
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