Controversy surrounds councilman’s alleged sign stealing

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By Cecilia Chan East Valley Tribune

A sitting Gilbert councilman who lost the primary election is facing an accusation that he tried to pilfer campaign signs urging voters to reject him.

Councilman Scott September, who was appointed to his seat in 2020, said he could not comment because of an active police investigation into the allegation.

September finished seventh of nine candidates, according to Maricopa County Elections’ final unofficial results.

While incumbent Yung Koprowski and candidates Chuck Bongiovanni and Jim Torgeson won their bids outright, a runoff is enstore in the Nov. 8 General Election between one-time councilman member Bill Spence and Realtor Bobbi Buchli.

Mayor Brigette Peterson said the vote will be canvassed this week in a special meeting to certify the results, either Tuesday or Wednesday.

The Gilbert Sun News filed a public records request Aug. 5 for the police report on the incident involving September and was told last week that the request was still being processed.

Gilbert resident Andrew Adams said he called police Aug. 2, the morning of the Primary Election, after witnessing September going to a polling location at the Southeast Regional Library and “stealing signs that oppose him, Yung Koprowski and Bill Spence.”

“I was putting signs in a legal spot and turned around and the next thing I knew, September pulled his truck up to where the signs were and he was pulling them out of the ground,” Adams said.

“He pulled three signs out of the ground. He told me there were illegal signs even though they were properly labeled. To my knowledge they were not illegal.”


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