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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