Mary DeCamp, Green Party candidate for Mayor of Tucson, Arizona, has her campaign headquarters in a tent at the Occupy Tucson camp. While some politicians might be talking the talk but living comfortably, DeCamp is days away from being evicted as her home is about to face foreclosure.
(Reuters) – There is no bank of telephones at Mary DeCamp’s campaign headquarters, no volunteers eager to bring her message to the masses.
The Green Party candidate for mayor of Tucson, who is days away from losing her home to foreclosure, is flanked by fellow Occupy Tucson activists as she directs her long shot bid for public office from a borrowed tent in a local park.
“November 10th is my eviction date,” the aptly named candidate said cheerfully on Friday, while unpacking signs after police had pushed Occupy Tucson campers from one park to another a night earlier.
DeCamp could have saved her house, she said, and could have taken handouts from friends and family to keep her mortgage current. But she said she gave up after months of phone calls from the bank hounding her about late payments as she fell further behind.
Arizona Green Party candidate for Tucson Mayor Mary DeCamp has been on Arizona public television twice in recent weeks, for a personal interview as well as a three-way debate. In the interview, DeCamp discusses her candidacy as well as her impending home foreclosure. From the Tucson Citizen:
On Tuesday October 4 DeCamp announced at a press conference at City Hall that her 2 bedroom/1 bath home in Tucson is being foreclosed, & she faces eviction on November 10, 2 days after the General Election. Her home has been sold by the bank in a foreclosure sale to a foreign company. Apparently Mary purchased the home in 2007 but experienced a costly bicycling accident in 2009, and then her employment at the U of A was scaled back due to the economy, causing her to miss mortgage payments.
In Tucson, AZ yesterday a primary for Mayor was held that saw two Greens on the ballot facing off for the right to go to the November General Election. According to Arizona Public Media:
The Green Party also had a primary in the Mayoral race. Mary DeCamp won that race with 312 votes, which amounts to 70.27 percent. She beat long time Green candidate Dave Croteau, who picked up 109 votes, or 24.55 percent of the vote.
Below is a 24 minute forum featuring both DeCamp and Croteau on Doctress Neutopia’s Lovolution Village TV show.
The Republican candidate for mayor of Tucson, Arizona has dropped out of the race due to a signature challenge on his nominating petitions. This is of interest to third partisans for two reasons. First, it is rare that a major party is pushed off the ballot due to signature challenges (meaning that he didn’t collect enough valid signatures on his nominating petitions in order to meet the legal requirement). It’s more common to see major party primary challengers and minor party or independent candidates pushed off the ballot in this way.
Second, this means that in the general election there will only be a Democrat and a Green. That Green will either be Mary DeCamp, a City Council candidate in the past, or Dave Croteau, a past mayoral candidate. There will be a primary to determine who will be on the ballot for the general election. Another candidate who was running for the Green nomination dropped out of the race in order to support and work on sustainability issues with the now-former Republican candidate.
EDIT: Apparently, according to Jeremy Young and Richard Winger in the comments at IPR, as well as the blog Jeremy Young recommended, the Republicans can still nominate a candidate by write-in through their primary. Also, in addition to the candidates mentioned, an independent was also thrown off the ballot.
Mary DeCamp, who ran against Ward 3 Councilmember Karin Uhlich in 2009 has also entered the race for Mayor of Tucson…
Mary got 4429 votes (6.16 % of the vote) in the Ward 3 race in 2009…
Her entry into the race could lead to a Green Party primary on August 30, as fellow Green Party candidate Dave Croteau entered the race a few weeks ago. He ran for Mayor before in 2007 against Mayor Bob Walkup and got 28.08% of the vote compared to Mayor Walkup’s 71.20 %.
Mary DeCamp, who is running for Tucson City Council in Ward 3, is Arizona’s only Green candidate in the 2009 elections. Arizona is a state with pressing sustainability issues, especially regarding water. It also has great potential for developing solar energy and other renewables. Arizona Greens won ballot status last year through a mighty petitioning effort – please help them to grow by supporting candidates like Mary DeCamp with a small donation.
Mary DeCamp defines her core issues as “growth (too much), water (too little), improving neighborhood quality and cohesiveness, the need for a vibrant local economy, coupled with too few living wage jobs, and transportation issues.” DeCamp hopes to “relocalize” Tucson, a city in the Sonoran Desert whose development was based on cheap fuel and abundant water. To accomplish this, she supports improved public transit, development of bike and pedestrian corridors, and prioritizing livability for current residents over profit for developers. Like many other Green candidates, Mary DeCamp supports adjusting public policy to encourage locally-owned small businesses instead of big corporate chains, and creating incentives for sustainable and worker-friendly practices.
Since city council members are chosen citywide in Tucson, all Tucson residents will be able to vote for Mary DeCamp on Nov. 3rd. Even if you’re not in Tucson, you can help the Green movement to grow in Arizona by making a donation to Mary DeCamp’s campaign.