By Joshua Bowling | Arizona Republic
A candidate for Glendale mayor and another for the City Council survived election challenges this week, but their cases are being appealed to the Arizona Supreme Court.
Both challengers claim that the political newcomers hired the same convicted felon to circulate petitions. State law only allows convicted felons to gather signatures if their rights have been restored, which attorneys for the candidates say is the case.
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. These were the only two challenge among Glendale candidates, but two of about 40 in races around the county.
Demetra Lau, a city resident, challenged the signatures of Michelle Robertson, who is running against Mayor Jerry Weiers.
Councilwoman Joyce Clark challenged the signatures of Bryce Alexander, competing against her to represent the Yucca District in southwest Glendale.