By Lorraine Longhi | Arizona Republic
Nine candidates still remain in the crowded Scottsdale City Council race after Becca Linnig narrowly avoided being booted from the Aug. 4 ballot.
Jason Alexander, a community activist, challenged the petitions she’d turned in to qualify as a candidate, saying 125 of the signatures were invalid. Linnig had turned in 1,068 signatures, 68 more than the minimum requirement as she said petition gathering got difficult once the coronavirus pandemic took hold.
Petition challenges are part of Arizona’s election process, taking place in a short window of time after candidates file their petitions and before ballots are printed. This was the only challenge among Scottsdale candidates, but one of about 40 in races around the county.