Higgins admits he has no political experience compared to Day, who served in the Senate before winning the District 1 seat eight years ago. Higgins’ background is in small business–he owned the Sport Buzz Cuts chain–as well as civic volunteer work.
Higgins says he decided to run after he was approached by other small business owners who encouraged him to seek Day’s office. He says his perspectives as a small business owner influence his platform, as well as his volunteer work on Tucson’s Small Business Commission, TREO and with Catholic Community Services.
“I’m concerned in how county policies have an impact on our working poor,” says Higgins, who criticizes Day for supporting a half-cent county sales tax proposed by County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry but blocked by Republican Supervisor Ray Carroll.
Day says she’s ready to campaign because she feels she still has work to do for her district. She says she’s proud of working on such projects as the Regional Transportation Authority.
Water is the next big issue Day says she wants to be involved in through the creation of a water authority between the Tucson and the county.
“When I first came on the board I helped work to change the culture of Pima County,” Day says. “It was a closed system, but I think we realize that when it comes to creating a water authority we need to do it together. This is an important issue for everyone, not just Pima County.”
District 1 Fun Facts
District 1, which includes Oro Valley and the Catalina Foothills, is home to about 46,700 Republicans, 37,100 Democrats, 530 Libertarians, 130 Greens and 27,900 voters who aren’t registered with those parties.
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Republican Ann Day
Republican Joe Higgins