The Sahuarita resident has no experience, but says he’s in the race to win even if it’s against Ramon Valadez, who has more than a decade of experience.
Valadez was appointed to his position in 2003 to fill Dan Eckstrom’s political shoes. When Eckstrom retired from county politics, he picked Valadez to be his successor. Before Pima County, Valadez paid his political dues in the state House of Representatives and state Senate beginning in 1996.
Robuck moved to Sahuarita in 2003, and is an active opponent of Augusta Resource Corporation’s Rosemont Mine. He told the Tucson Weekly when he and several neighbors discovered their water wells were temporarily depleted after Augusta drilled for water on nearby property he knew he needed to challenge the mine.
When he discovered the county did not require Augusta to do a hydrology study and his calls to the county went unanswered, he thought running against Valadez was a good way to get his concerns addressed.
Valadez, however, feels the county has been the loudest voice against the mining operation, and has worked to get the company to do a hydrology study. Much of this revolves around what he says is the biggest issue the region faces – water.
“It is not land that is going to drive growth, but water or the lack there of,” Valadez says. “I look forward to trying to find some creative solutions that allow us to be a sustainable community.”
District 2 Fun Facts
District 2, which stretches from southside Tucson to Sahuarita, is home to about 32,800 Democrats, 15,700 Republicans, 590 Libertarians, 170 Greens and 20,300 voters who aren’t registered with those parties.
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Democrat Ramon Valadez
Democrat Robert Robuck