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Jul 1, 2013 3:05 PM by Michelle Erwin

Tucson city councilman loses endorsement

TUCSON - The Tucson Association of REALTORS has withdrawn its support of Steve Kozachik for Tucson City Council.

TAR says Kozachik's lack of support for the long-term future of the 162nd Fighter Wing and Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is what caused them to reconsider their endorsement.

Although Kozachik is unopposed in Ward 6 in the November 5 election, the Association felt his recent statement that questions the feasibility of the military's new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet has jeopardized the region's economy.

"The F-35 appears to be the long-term future of the Air Force, our national defense strategy and our community's economic vitality. What's troubling is Mr. Kozachik's position that he only supports the current mission of base. His failure to endorse expanding the mission at DM and the 162nd Fighter Wing is a dangerous gamble for our community and has caused us to reconsider and withdraw our endorsement," said TAR CEO Philip Tedesco, RCE, CAE.

The 162nd Fighter Wing and Davis-Monthan AFB have been passed over twice by the Air Force as a training site for the F-35. DM's primary mission is the A-10 and it is under consideration for de-commissionin.

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