Candidacy announcements in Tucson elections, including mayorPosted: Updated:
TUCSON, Ariz. -- To run, or not to run for mayor. That is the question city leaders are asking themselves as the new year kicks into gear.
Monday, another one jumped in the race. It's up to two now.
Who will be taking the ride up to the tenth floor, as Tucson's next mayor?
The race for mayor is still over 10 months away, but two candidates already throwing their names in.
Attorney Jonathan Rothschild.
"It's something that I want to do and something I should do," said Rothschild.
And outspoken Realtor Shaun McClusky.
"We don't have the voice that Tucson needs," said McClusky.
Rothschild says he can be the voice Tucson needs. He brings over 30 years of experience to the table as one of the city's most successful lawyers.
"I've learned to negotiate and to get results in difficult situations," said Rothschild.
Rothschild works out of an office, located on the corner of Meyer and Council.
But he wants to move down the street to the mayor's office.
"I've been working to prepare for this. I'm going to go and run my race, I'm going to try and reach as many people as I can," said Rothschild.
His only opponent so far, Shaun McClusky, well known in the community for his fiery rhetoric against Prop 400.
"When they raised taxes I was the voice that was screaming," said McClusky.
He was the first candidate to announce his candidacy for mayor and he says he expects, even hopes more people jump in the race.
"The more people that get in the race, the better chances I have," said McClusky.
Both McClusky and Rothschild say they think they can win.
The one wild card remaining, whether or not current Mayor Bob Walk up will seek re-election. Walkup has not clarified his intention to run or not.
"Personally a decision I'll make in March or April," said Mayor Walkup.
But he can't take too long, papers need to be filed by May 2. And McClusky says he hopes Walkup's decision is a yes.
"I'd love to see him in the field so he'll give citizens a concise choice," said McClusky.
Rothschild wasn't the only person to announce his candidacy Monday.
Mike Jenkins announced he'll be running for the Ward 4 Council Seat. Jenkins has lived in Tucson most of his life.
He served in the Marine Corps during Vietnam, before coming back to graduate from the U of A.
He says he's running because Tucson needs major revitalization.