As she seeks her fourth term representing District 3 on the Pima County Board of Supervisors, Democrat Sharon Bronson has drawn both primary and general challenges.
The Democratic challenger in the primary is no newcomer to local politics. Donna Branch-Gilby is past chair of the Pima County Democratic Party and most recently served as first vice-chair of the Arizona State Democratic Party.
Branch-Gilby was also active in the local Democratic Party’s election integrity battle with the county, and accuses Bronson of being an obstructionist in her votes to keep voting data base files from the party.
“I was and continue to be concerned about the Board’s undemocratic behavior. As a group, the Board wasted time and money to keep election records closed. Sharon Bronson’s actions were particularly troubling. She led in virtually every obstructionist move the Board made throughout the process,” Branch-Gilby wrote on her campaign Website.
While Bronson’s GOP challenger has also been a vocal critic regarding election integrity, his focus is on budget and road infrastructure.
Barney Brenner also happens to be a familiar opponent. The retired business owner took Bronson on in 2000. He intended to run against Bronson in 2004, but never filed. This time, Brenner says he’s out to challenge Bronson on road infrastructure issues and the county budget.
Brenner says he’s followed several county road crews and discovered that some aren’t repairing potholes correctly, causing the county to spend more money repairing roads more often than it should.
“These issues transcend party politics,” Brenner says, regarding his platform. “The county is misspending your county tax dollars and mine.”
“We had to obey the law,” Bronson says. “And the Secretary of State had said (the data base files are) not public records.”
Bronson says she is gearing up for campaign mode and eager to reflect on her years in office. One success immediately come to mind, she says – the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan.
“I was a key supporter,” she says. “As we continue the process of implementing the plan and go further, that excites me.”
District 3 Fun Facts
District 3, which stretches from midtown Tucson to the Ajo, is home to about 35,800 Democrats, 24,000 Republicans, 700 Libertarians, 300 Greens and 23,400 voters who aren’t registered with those parties.
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Democrat Sharon Bronson
Democrat Donna Branch-Gilby
Republican Barney Brenner