Fields set in Tucson elections

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Wednesday was the filing deadline for candidates in the August primary election.  All eyes were on the clock in the city clerk's office.  When the clock struck 5, the field was set.

There are seven candidates in the race to replace three-term Mayor Bob Walkup, six men and one woman.

Democrats Jonathan Rothschild and Marshall Home will face off in a primary. Shaun McClusky and Ron Asta will vie for the Republican spot. Dave Croteau and Mary Decamp will try to be the Green choice.  And Pat Darcy will fight for the job as an Independent.

"All these folks are going to work really hard to introduce themselves to the people of Tucson," said the Tucson Weekly's Jim Nintzel.

Council members Regina Romero, Paul Cunningham and Shirley Scott will fight to keep their seats around the table.

Only Romero will have to get through a primary.  But one political expert says that shouldn't be a problem.

"This really advantages incumbents because they're better known among party electorate," said U of A Political Scientist Peter Goudinoff.

The real challenge for these candidates will be adapting political strategy to an all vote by mail system.

Every voter in Tucson will get a ballot so analysts say the best organized campaigns will win.

"You have push for election day, focusing on that one day.  Now, no, that day is 28 days long.  You really have grind it out," said Goudinoff.

After the candidates' trip to city hall to drop off signatures, the campaigning can now move forward in full force.

"You'll see them knocking on doors, the usual heat of summer back and forth between the candidates," said Nintzel.

The Primary Election will be held August 30, 2011.  General and Special Election will be held November 8, 2011.