Sep 13, 2011 8:55 PM

Mayor candidates speak out on mail in ballot race

TUCSON - This is the first time the election for Tucson's next mayor will be decided entirely by mail-in ballots. Does that mean major changes in candidates' campaigns for "Decision 2011"? News 4 talked to all three candidates to see how they are adapting.

Republican Rick Grinnell ran for City Council twice. This being his third campaign, he says the process is the same.

"It doesn't matter if it's mail-in or Election Day. You still have to get your information out in a timely matter. You have to make sure that you get as many people informed as possible about as much as you can," says Grinnell.

Despite the convenience of mail-in votes, Grinnell doesn't think voters will rush in those ballots. He believes voters want to hear the debates first.

"The issues that are facing us today will affect us the next 20 years. We have to have to set the foundation for the next 20 years over the next 20 months."

Over at Democrat Jonathan Rothschild's headquarters, they are adjusting campaign strategy.

"We start contacting the voters earlier by phone. We send our mailers a little earlier and we just know that come October 19th people will be ready to make a decision," says Rothschild.

When asked about spending on a media blitz in the last week before November 8th?

"We're gonna try get started a little earlier and try to be consistent throughout the remainder of the campaign."

Mary DeCamp is the Green Party candidate. She is running her campaign the same way she did when she ran in 2009.

"Because we don't throw a lot of money at the electioneering process. We again rely on message and the substance of our platform. But we don't use robo calls to bother voters," says DeCamp.


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