To the credit of Chris DeSimone & Joe Higgins of radio's "Wake Up Tucson," they did a good job setting up and moderating the only debate of the two Mayoral candidates, Mike Zinkin & Satish Hiremath.
It appeared that the room at the Hilton El Conquistador was filled with half Zinkin & half Hiremath supporters, although I did speak briefly to perhaps the only undecided voter in the room.
Chris & Joe were fair with the questions, fair with the time allocated to each candidate, and everything went well.
Was there a winner?
Not that I or others I spoke to could tell. From my perspective, both candidates came across of wanting to do right by the people of Oro Valley.
The voters will decide which candidate they believe will do a better job.
We hope it doesn't come down to how much one candidate spent (Satish), compared to how little the other candidate spent (Mike).(Satish out spent Mike by more than 2:1)
We honestly believe Mike Zinkin is the best choice based on his experience, his knowledge of the town's codes and General Plan, and the fact that he can dedicate more time to being a full time mayor.
In about 96 hours, we'll know who will lead us for the next four years.
Whether it be Mike or Satish, we wish them the best.