David Ortega is third to announce run for Scottsdale mayor. Will he split the vote?

David Ortega

By Lorraine Longhi | Arizona Republic 

Former Scottsdale City Councilman David Ortega is the third person to announce a bid for Scottsdale mayor in the past month.

Ortega announced his mayoral run last weekend, following former Councilman Bob Littlefield and Councilwoman Virginia Korte.

Councilwoman Suzanne Klapp, who is considering a run and has raised the most money, said she will announce her decision soon.

Ortega served one term on the city council from 2000 to 2004. He ran for mayor in 2004 and lost by a 2-1 margin to then incumbent Mayor Mary Manross.

Ortega runs a local architecture firm that has worked on projects such as the Gilbert Ortega building on Main Street and Scottsdale Road.

Ortega and Littlefield served on the council together, and are running on similar platforms encouraging more responsible development in the city.

When asked whether he could potentially split the vote with Littlefield, Ortega said the field is wide open and he brings his own unique set of skills to the race.

“I have no comment about what somebody else wants to represent,” Ortega said. “I am who I am.”

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