The ballot is set for the Oro Valley Mayor and Town Council election.
Because any candidate who gets more than half of the votes in the primary is considered the winner, all of the races could be decided in the primary election, Aug. 26.
Patrick Straney is challenging incumbent mayor Satish Hiremath.
Straney said he would help bring the divided Town Council together.
“I know the power of a shared vision, clear objectives and measurable results,” he said.
In his 40-year career in business, Straney said, he learned about due diligence, setting up joint ventures, being responsible for profit and loss, and putting together diverse and strong-willed people to work as a team by finding common values and building on them.
Hiremath said he too knows about business. He has operated a dental practice in the town for 22 years.
As mayor, he said, he’s “forged exceptionally strong relationships” with public and private entities around the metro area.
In four years, he helped the town turn a $3 million deficit into a $1.7 million surplus, with money left over to pay for major parks and infrastructure projects, Hiremath said.
In the Town Council race, four candidates are running for three seats.
Two-term incumbents Joe Hornat, Mary Snider and Lou Waters point to the town’s fiscal responsibility, recent media attention for good public safety, cooperation with neighboring towns, and an uptick in growth as proof their time on the council has been successful.
“We brought Oro Valley through its first depression ever, since it’s been incorporated,” Snider said.
The council could have accomplished even more if there hadn’t been so much mud-slinging and name-calling, said challenger Donald Bristow.
He regularly attends and speaks at council meetings and is now running for a seat at the dais.
If he were on the council he would create a neutral position or swing vote between two opposing sides of the group, he said.
Bristow wants better midterm and long-term planning for the town, and he wants the council to stick to the town’s planning documents and to not make exceptions to town codes.