by Jim Nintzel
It appears we’ve got a Green Party mayoral primary on our hands in Tucson.
Mary DeCamp, who ran for the Ward 3 City Council seat two years ago, jumped into the race for the Green Party nomination last week against Dave Croteau, who ran for mayor four years ago.
But don’t expect a lot of negative campaigning between the candidates.
Croteau says they’re the best of friends and sees this as an opportunity to get the media to cover a regular series of debates.
“It think it’s wonderful,” Croteau says. “We know that the media doesn’t cover candidates until there’s a contested race, either in the primary or the general.”
DeCamp agrees that the campaigns will be friendly. She points out that Croteau signed her nominating petition, while she signed Croteau’s nominating petition.
DeCamp says she decided to get into the race after noting that all the other candidates—Croteau, Democrats Jonathan Rothschild and Marshall Home, Republicans Shaun McClusky and Ron Asta, and independent Pat Darcy—are all men.
“There are no women in the race,” DeCamp says. “I believe that the masculine mindset has dominated for quite some time and it’s not getting us to a better place.”