Sunday, May 30, 2010

Scottsdale's election picture comes into focus

With the passage of Wednesday's deadline for submitting nomination petitions, the ballot for this fall's City Council election has been set.

There had been 10 candidates with open committees for the race for the three open seats, and six candidates will appear on the ballot.

Of the other four, incumbent Tony Nelssen passed away earlier this week, businessman Bill Crawford ended his candidacy months ago, attorney Jose Luis Penalosa, Jr. has since set his sights on the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic incumbent Ed Pastor in CD4 (as "Joe Penalosa"), and Sean Shepherd..well, I don't know. He didn't turn in sigs and won't be on the ballot, otherwise I don't know anything about him.

The candidate list in Scottsdale, courtesy the City of Scottsdale's website -

Wayne Ecton
Ecton for City Council
Phone: (480) 488-1033

Bob Littlefield
Vote Littlefield
Phone: (602) 288-9145

Linda Milhaven
Milhaven for Scottsdale
Phone: (480) 295-3275

Ned O'Hearn
Committee to Elect Ned O'Hearn
Phone: (480) 661-1314

Guy Phillips
Committee to Elect Guy Phillips
Phone: (480) 560-6124

Dennis Robbins
Robbins for Council 2010
Phone: (480) 994-0302

Note: The way that I read the section of the City Charter related to the filling of a vacancy on the Council, the remaining members will vote to appoint someone to serve out the remainder of Tony Nelssen's term, which expires at the end of the year. I'm not sure who is likely to get the spot, or even likely to apply for the job, but it seems unlikely that the Council will appoint one of the current candidates for election - doing so could unfairly give that candidate an advantage this fall.

Note2: Petitions could still be challenged, so it is possible that one or more of the candidates above won't be on the fall ballot, but that seems unlikely at this point.

When candidate forums are organized and announced, the schedule will be posted here.

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