Get out the vote

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Ballots for the primary election were mailed out this week. Whether you're a registered Democrat, Republican, Green or Independent, I'm asking for your vote.

Serving on the Tucson City Council is serious work, affecting important issues. Since my first election in 2009 I have been committed to studying each issue we're confronted with and making informed decisions based a review of the facts. Fitz drew an editorial cartoon about it with the tagline "nerds rule." I'll take that. But it's only possible with your support.

When re-elected I will continue to ensure we adopt a responsible budget. I will continue to prioritize water security. I will continue to work for an expanded economy so our tax base grows and our ability to fund essential core services doesn't suffer.

You know of my work in support of animal welfare, gun safety, victims of trafficking and domestic abuse, guarding our social service network, and reinvigorating the film industry. None of that will change after my re-election in November.

Seated in the middle of the radar screen will be my continued advocacy on behalf of Home Rule. We must continue to fight efforts by the state to take control of our local decision making authority. I've been at the forefront of that issue, and will continue to be.

If you're a Ward 6 Democrat receiving this email, please participate in the primary. A strong showing is key to gathering momentum as we head towards the general election. And if you're not a registered Democrat but are still receiving this email, I ask for your vote by writing in my name on your ballot. They all count, and I value a broad-based demonstration of support.

I'm running based on my record, my reputation for hard work, and the relationships many of us have developed since 2009. Through those relationships we've created a great story for Tucson. Let's keep it going together in 2017.

- Steve K