ScrambleWatch Q&A: Democrat Donna Branch-Gilby on Growth, Conservation and the County Budget

Democrat Donna Branch-Gilby is challenging District 3 Pima County Supervisor Sharon Bronson in the Sept. 2 primary. Tucson Weekly staff writer Mari Herreras talked to Branch-Gilby about the environment and the county’s budget priorities.

Is there more to your campaign than election transparency?

Yes. We need to be much more careful with how we use our land and our water so we can stay here. If the board doesn’t start acting very soon to change how they do their rezoning and how they work with the city and other municipalities, we will find ourselves in a box.

What’s your take on the creation of the water authority between Tucson and Pima County?

They’re getting themselves all on the same page and they are opening it to the public. Five meetings were in the morning. I went to first two. I’m glad they are in the evenings now, but it’s not clear yet how it will develop. But there are people on that committee and people in the audience that keep bringing up questions on our water supply—how reliable is this assured 100-year supply? It’s on paper only Continue reading

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Nucleus Meltdown: A Not Quite LiveBlog of the Debate Between Democratic Candidates for the Pima County Board of Supervisors

Two incumbents on the Pima County Board of Supervisors, District 3’s Sharon Bronson and District 2’s Ramon Valadez, met their respective Democratic challengers, Donna Branch Gilby and Robert Robuck, at a meeting of the Pima County Democratic Party’s Nucleus Club last week. Supporters cheered and applauded; critics booed and hissed. Here’s a recap of the raucous caucus.

6:01 p.m.: Moderator Ash Silverberg introduces the candidates. Pima County Supervisor Ramon Valadez talks about growing up in Pima County and getting his start in politics when he interned for Dan Eckstrom, the previous District 2 supervisor and kingpin of southside politics. Valadez mentions that he also served in the Arizona Legislature and as an aide to Gov. Janet Napolitano. He says the county has made a lot of progress with conservation, sustainability and transportation. He gets big applause.

6:04 p.m.: Robert Robuck explains that he moved to Sahuarita from California because his wife grew up here. He says he got worried about local politics when he learned about plans to mine copper in the Santa Rita Mountains. Robuck decided to run for office when Valadez wouldn’t return his call regarding the mining proposal. He mentions that election integrity is a big issue in his campaign. The crowd goes wild with applause.

6:07 p.m.: Donna Branch-Gilby says she running against Bronson “because it was time to stop asking, stop lobbying, stop explaining about the necessity of really being sure we had an accurate election in a democracy and it was time to do something about it.”

Branch-Gilby gives props to Bronson for her work on the Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan before calling Bronson “the leading obstructionist” on the election-integrity issue. She also complains that Continue reading

Branch-Gilby At Great Watermelon Meet-Up

Democrat Donna Branch-Gilby, who is challenging Pima County Supervisor Sharon Bronson in District 3, will be in Picture Rocks this Saturday, July 12, passing out cold watermelon. Even if you’re not a Picture Rocks resident, getting some cold watermelon could be mighty tasty this monsoon season!

Branch-Gilby will be at the Great Watermelon Meet-Up from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on the southwest corner of Sandario and Picture Rocks roads.

According to a press release from Camp Branch-Gilby, the candidate will be “passing out cold slices of watermelon and conversing with her future constituents…”

“I want to invite all the folks who are in the area on Saturday morning to come by and say hello,” Branch-Gilby press-releases. “I’m looking forward to meeting people and listening to their ideas and concerns about Pima County,”

Meet Your Candidates: Board of Supes

Tune into John C. Scott’s radio show between 11 a.m. and noon on Friday, June 13, for a one-hour interview with Democrat Donna Branch-Gilby, who is challenging Pima County Supervisor Sharon Bronson in the District 3 primary. Scott’s show airs Monday through Friday on KVOI, 690 AM.

If you want to meet a candidate in person, Republican Joe Higgins, who is challenging Supervisor Ann Day in the District 1 GOP primary, has announced a listening tour of local coffee houses. The first Cup of Joe is 7 a.m. Friday, June 13, at Kelly’s Coffee and Fudge, 3605 W. Cortaro Farms Road.

Higgins also announced support of some local business types this week, including restaurateur Bob McMahon; Elizabeth Gonzales-Gann, chair of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; and Dorothy Finley, owner of Finley Distributing.