Familiar faces will be on Oro Valley’s primary Town Council election ballot in August. All four incumbents whose seats are up for election are aiming for another four-year term.
Oro Valley Mayor Satish Hiremath, Vice Mayor Lou Waters and Town Council members Joe Hornat and Mary Snider have all filed paperwork to run for office. Despite their incumbency, state laws require each candidate to round up the required 279 signatures and file paperwork by May 28.
None of the candidates has ramped up campaign efforts for the Aug. 26 primary election — they won’t even know who’s running against them until after the May 28 filing deadline — but all but Waters, who did not respond to interview requests, were happy to talk about why they deserve another term.
Hiremath, Waters and Hornat, all of whom were first elected in 2010, said they proved to be fiscally savvy by taking a $3 million inherited budget deficit in 2010 and turning it into a balanced budget in the current fiscal year.
Hiremath said he came to the decision to run again after consulting with his family, which offered support. He said he’d like to continue to lead the town down its current path.
“We are very poised to continue to do great things, even through a recessionary time,” he said.
“Another factor is I think this is the first time in a while that elected officials in the area have had a really good working relationship with one another. There is just a certain amount of respect for, really, what we’re all trying to do for the metro Tucson region as a unit. We are in a very good place and looking forward to continued progress.”
Snider said she deserves another term because she listens to concerns of other residents.
“I think that I bring the voice of the community,” she said. “I’m very active in the community in a number of ways. I am out in the community a lot and I listen to what people feel about the community and what they want the community to be. I think I bring that perspective to decision-making.”
Hornat said his business sense is a key asset.
“I’ve been very active with the Water Utility Commission and Planning and Zoning Commission. I’ve shepherded a few things through,” he said.
“I’m pro-moving forward, not pro-development for the sake of development. Development brings retail and development. I’m not going to be unreasonable for the sake of development, but we have streamlined some of the stuff in the development process to help things go smoothly.”
The other council members, Brendan Burns, William Garner and Mike Zinkin, are up for re-election in 2016.