The Oro Valley Town Council general election ends on May 20th. I say ends because it is a vote by mail process and ballots have already been received. The two remaining candidates, Barry Gillaspie and Terry Parish, are both incumbents.
On Friday evening Barry Gillaspie held a very successful campaign forum at the Oro Valley Library. There were so many council members there that several people mentioned to leave the doors wide open in order to avoid any trouble with the state open meeting law. Barry will hold another forum this Saturday at 2:00 pm, also at the Oro Valley Library.
If you would like to help out Terry Parish his campaign will be walking this Saturday. They will meet at the Oro Valley Town Hall at 8:30 am and the walk begins at 9:00 am sharp.
Conservatives have been struggling with this election. Gillaspie is a fiscally responsible, environmentally conscious Democrat and Parish in a free spending, developer friendly Republican. The turnout may be even lighter than the low showing during the primary. We are not making a formal endorsement. The locally run Let Oro Valley Excel blog has not formally endorsed either but seems more open to Gillaspie. The Northern Pima Chamber of Commerce has endorsed Parish. The Explorer Newspaper has a question and answer story posted on their site.