by Jim Nintzel
Republican Ben Buehler-Garcia wants a rematch with Tucson City Councilwoman Karin Uhlich.
Buehler-Garcia, who lost to Uhlich in 2009 by less than 200 votes, filed as a candidate for the Ward 3 City Council seat on Friday, Feb. 22.
“I think the challenges facing our community are jobs and the economy,” Beuhler-Garcia said. “Crime is an issue.”
He cited Tucson’s recent ranking as the sixth-poorest major metropolitan area in the nation, as well as the lousy condition of Tucson’s streets.
He said it was unacceptable that “a full third of our children are living below the federal poverty level” and complained that an encounter with a pothole a few years ago “cost me $1,200 and two ruined rims and probably would have killed me if I’d been on a bicycle.”
Buehler-Garcia, who is first Republican to announce plans for a campaign this year, said he ran four years ago “because I am so passionate about this city’s potential and we’ve drifted so far from it. We’ve got a lot going for us.”
Uhlich told The Range she was “looking forward to what I’m sure will be a spirited and civil campaign.”
“I’m feeling good about the past four years and I’m looking forward to focusing on my record and the positive things done by this council,” Uhlich says.
Ward 6 Councilman Steve Kozachik and Ward 5 Councilman Richard Fimbres are also up for reelection this year.