Tucson mayoral candidates promote ambitious economic plans

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By Bryce Potter By Bryce Potter

TUCSON, Ariz. -- With the Tucson mayoral race right around the corner, candidates are now talking about their plans for their first few months in office, should they win the election.

Democrat Jonathan Rothschild called a news conference Monday to unveil the first steps he would take as mayor to tackle issues such as job creation.

He wants a measure giving preference to local companies bidding on city contracts.

"If you are a local business there are points you are going to get towards the decision to give you the contract," said Rothschild during the news conference.

Rothschild's 180-day work plan also includes a major road repair project, "We're going to really need to look at some federal dollars to really redesign and re-do our roads."

Rothschild says he will also seek corporate sponsorship to re-open all public pools by next summer.

"Top three issues, the economy, the economy, and the economy," said Rothschild.

Republican write-in candidate Rick Grinnell spoke about his one hundred day plan, which focuses only on getting the unemployed back to work.

"Identifying the first one hundred businesses locally that want to expand, the second part of that is to make sure we run a parallel track and identify compatible industries with local businesses so that we can invite people," said Grinnell.

Grinnell says give him a year as mayor and he'll bring 10,000 new jobs to Tucson.

"By the end of 2012 I want to be able to say it.  And if i don't, i want you to call me out on it," said Grinnell.

It's an ambitious plan, considering Tucson's 7.8% unemployment rate.

Both candidates are making big promises as election day draws near.

Ballots for the city of Tucson election will be mailed out on Wednesday.

Calls to Green Party candidates were not returned.