In the interest of fairness, we see fit to post three letters to the Explorer "touting" Dr. Satish Hiremath for Oro Valley Mayor.
One letter is from the candidate, another from Melanie Larson (Past owner & publisher of The Explorer and Board Member of NPCCC) and one from a citizen.
All three letters are self-serving, and we believe point out why we need MIKE ZINKIN for Mayor.
As for the time it takes to be effective in the job, that is certainly debatable. For us, the issue is not so much the time afforded the position, but the knowledge and experience to do the job.
Mike Zinkin is heads and shoulders ahead of Satish in both knowledge and experience in town politics.
Both are good, caring people that want what is best for Oro Valley. Mike has the support & backing of average citizens. Satish has the support, backing and financial backing from Special Interest Groups.
Who do you think will be beholden to whom? Mike will not "owe" the Chamber of Commerce SAHBA (home-builders), unions, etc. Mike will "owe" only the people of Oro Valley---period!
And, by the way, it's almost laughable for Ms.Larson to point out that Satish will have another dentist, while she erroneously states that Mike will have two part-time jobs. Mike will NOT have any job, other than mayor!
The mayor needs the knowledge and background of Oro Valley issues to be effective. Being a dentist who has plenty of "patients," but not the "patience" to ever attend a council meeting other than looking for a handout for GOVAC is not what we need.
Please--- analyze both candidates qualifications, and vote accordingly. We hope you'll agree with us that Oro Valley NEEDS MIKE ZINKIN!
Here are the Explorer letters.