Oro Valley voters weigh in on new leadership

Shake up in Oro Valley, residents react to primary results
Updated: Aug. 29, 2018 at 6:30 PM MST
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ORO VALLEY, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Town of Oro Valley learned Wednesday morning that they will have some new leaders running the town.

Current OV Mayor Satish Hiremath was beat by challenger Joe Winfield, while incumbent town council members Mary Snider, Lou Waters and Joe Hornat lost to challengers Melanie Barrett, Joyce Jones-Ivey and Josh Nicolson.

To some of the residents it was a shock to get new leadership in council chambers. As Tucson News Now went from a book store to the golf course, everyone had an opinion about the changes happening in their town.

Lynn Pritchett has lived in Oro Valley for more than 20 years. Pritchett told us, she was very disappointed in the outcome. She liked the current leaders and felt other people like Mayor Hiremath.

One of her concerns, her home is on the El Conquistador Golf course. A course that was purchased by the town in 2014 in a very controversial decision. Pritchett thinks that the new leadership will try to get rid of the golf course. She says, if that happens it could be more money coming out of her pocket.

Karly Fry moved to Oro Valley from the east coast four years ago and he is happy with the outcome of the elections and feels there was a cry out for change in the town. In his short time in the town, he has noticed some questionable decisions by the current leadership.

Fry told us, it won't hurt getting some new people on the town council. He wants city leaders to be better at being financially responsible.

The new mayor and council members will take office on November 7.

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