Ben Buehler-Garcia

David Sanders

Republican Ben Buehler-Garcia is taking another shot at capturing the Ward 3 City Council seat.

Buehler-Garcia filed his nominating-petition signatures earlier this week.

Four years ago, he came within a handful votes of unseating incumbent Councilwoman Karin Uhlich.

In the 2009 three-way race, Uhlich bested him by 175 votes, 33,782 to 33,607. Green Party candidate Mary DeCamp received 4,429 votes.

Buehler-Garcia has lived in Tucson for 34 years. He moved here to attend the University of Arizona, where he earned a degree in public administration.

He is self-employed and describes the services he provides as economic and community development planning, small-business advocacy and nonprofit consulting services.

Buehler-Garcia turned in the maximum 245 signatures for a Republican candidate in Ward 3.

Three council races are up for grabs this year. So far, no one has filed to run for Councilman Steve Kozachik's Ward 6 seat.

Candidates have until May 29 to file their signatures with the City Clerk's Office for their names to be printed on the Aug. 27 primary ballot. The number of signatures required varies, depending on political party and ward.

Write-in candidates must register as such by July 18.

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