Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Chet Oldakowski On Why We Need Mike Zinkin For Mayor

Hopefully, many of our readers will recognize Chet's name. I was proud to have served along side Chet when he led our grassroots group, SOVOG (Stop Oro Valley Outrageous Giveaways)in an effort against giving Vestar millions of our tax dollars a few years ago.

Chet is Mike's treasurer in this campaign. Please read what Chet has to say in his letter to The Explorer.

Zinkin the only choice for OV mayor

Oro Valley is facing many major decisions over the coming years. One major issue is how to establish a balanced budget without draining reserves or impacting town services.

To accomplish this daunting task, we need a mayor that has strong leadership qualities and can lead the council to consensus decisions in a timely manner. Our contingency fund has recently been drastically diminished by more than $7 million. Dr. Hiremath endorses using these funds to balance our budget. Mike Zinkin does not.

Mike Zinkin has the training and experience to serve as Oro Valley's mayor. His career as an air traffic controller allows Mike to multitask and operate under stress. His tenure as a volunteer for many town committees, including chairman of the development review board, will serve him and us well.

Recent letters to The Explorer reported that Mike Zinkin has received financial aid from the Democratic Party. As Mike's treasurer I can assure you that is not true. Note that contributions to candidates are public record.

On the other hand, Satish Hiremath has received continued support from many special interest groups including the Chamber of Commerce, TREO, MTCVB, Tucson Association of Realtors, and most recently the firefighters.

Special interest groups usually support a candidate and expect something in return. You may recall that Golder Ranch Fire Fighters supported candidates in the 2004 election with most being elected. Thereafter, the new council voted to allow Golder Ranch Fire District to annex and provide coverage on town hall. Shortly, Rural Metro Fire was forced out of business in Oro Valley. That led to thousands of our citizens having fire service rate increases of up to 100 percent and more.

Mike Zinkin is prepared to debate the other candidate in any forum. Hopefully, Satish Hiremath will accept this challenge so the voters will get to hear each position, and determine who has the most time, the most experience, the better grasp of the issues, and who will put the citizens of Oro Valley as the top priority.

I believe the only choice for Oro Valley mayor is Mike Zinkin.

Chet Oldakowski, Oro Valley

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