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Six candidates have thrown their hats in the ring to become Scottsdale’s next mayor and 10 residents are vying for three open seats on the City Council.

If early filings are any indication, Scottsdale voters can look forward to lengthy ballots in this year’s primary and general elections.

Six candidates have thrown their hats in the ring to become the city’s next mayor and 10 residents are vying for three open seats on the City Council.

To make it onto the ballot, those candidates must turn in petitions “containing not less than 1,000 signatures or more than 10,430 signatures” by April 6, according to the city.

Qualified candidates will face off against each other in the primary election on Aug. 4 and, if necessary, in the general election on Nov. 3.

According to the city, a candidate must receive over 50 percent of the vote to be elected outright in the primary.

The crowd does not thin out much further up the ballot, either: nearly 20 candidates have announced interest in the state house and senate races in Legislative Districts 23 and 24.

Scottsdale voters should gain a clearer picture of exactly which names will appear on the ballot once candidates turn in their nominating petitions with signatures supporting their candidacy by April 6.

But before they can circulate those petitions, candidates for local offices must file statements of interest with the County Recorder while candidates for the Legislature or other state and federal offices must file them with the Arizona Secretary of State.

Here's a look at what those statements of interest show.

In the mayoral hunt

Lisa Borowsky is a lawyer and former Scottsdale Councilwoman who served one term on the Council from 2009 to 2013. Borowsky, who owns a downtown Scottsdale law firm, ran unsuccessfully to become the Republican candidate for Congress in District 9.

Tim Horn has a degree in city planning and previously worked in development. In the past, he hosted a conservative talk radio show on KKNT 960 AM “The Patriot” and authored the book “Ruling the Elite: Moving Power from the Parties to the People” in 2011. More recently, Horn was involved in the anti-Southbridge Two referendum campaign.

Councilwoman Suzanne Klapp is nearing the end of her third term and has the endorsement of outgoing Mayor Jim Lane. Klapp, who previously owned a Scottsdale custom frame shop, also has a background in business management, previously working for Whirlpool and Larson-Juhl.

Councilmember Virginia Korte is nearing the end of her second term. Korte has long roots in Scottsdale, having run her family’s auto dealership, Korte Chevrolet, which was a staple for years on Scottsdale’s Motor Mile on McDowell Road for years. Korte is also a former president and CEO of the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce.

Bob Littlefield is a former three-term councilman (2002-2015) and founder of Scottsdale-based computer company NetXpert. Littlefield is a Vietnam War combat veteran and has worked for Prime Computer, DataPhaz, Apollo, and Hewlett-Packard. Littlefield unsuccessfully ran for mayor in 2016 and the Legislature in 2014.

 David Ortega is an architect and former Scottsdale Councilman, who served one term from 2000 to 2004. Ortega unsuccessfully ran for mayor term in 2004. Ortega operates a downtown Scottsdale architecture firm.

City Council

Mike Auerbach is a 10-year resident and small-business owner who ran for council in a crowded field of eight candidates in 2014 but did not make it past the primary election.

Tammy Caputi is a 20-year Scottsdale resident and owner of Yale Electric West, an electrical distributor for the commercial construction industry. She served on the city’s Development Review Board.

Bill Crawford is a longtime downtown Scottsdale business owner and resident who has a history of advocating for downtown businesses, including as founder of Association to Preserve Downtown Scottsdale's Quality of Life and a co-founder of the Downtown Scottsdale Economic Vitality Coalition. Crawford last unsuccessfully ran for council in 2018.

Tom Durham is a Scottsdale resident and lawyer. He previously served as treasurer of the Protect Our Preserve political action committee that fought the proposed Desert Discovery Center on the McDowell Sonoran Preserve and advocated for Proposition 420 in 2018.

 Betty Janik is a 15-year Scottsdale resident and former president of the Coalition of Greater Scottsdale advocacy group. Janik is a real estate agent and former high school science teacher. She is treasurer of the Protect Our Preserve nonprofit and served on the steering committee for the For the Best Scottsdale PAC that advocated for passage of the city’s $319-million bond in 2019.

 Becca Linnig is a Realtor who has lived in Scottsdale for over 20 years and is a past president of the Scottsdale Area Association of Realtors.

John Little is a former Scottsdale City manager and has held other leadership positions in the city overseeing downtown, Scottsdale Airpark and transportation. He also served as chief of staff to Mayor Herb Drinkwater.

 Kevin Maxwell is a technology analyst for State Farm and is a board member on several Valley non-profits, including Fuel Scottsdale, Family Promise and Mission Flyers. He also works with local civic advocacy group SCOTT and volunteers with Sky Kids non-profit. Maxwell is also a member of the city’s Airport Advisory Commission. 

Councilman Guy Phillips owns a local air conditioning contracting company and is seeking re-election to this third term on the City Council.

Resident Scott Atkins is also running for Council, but the Progress was unable to reach him for comment.

LD23 House

Joseph Chaplik is a Scottsdale Republican and president of Joseph Bernard Investment Real Estate. Chaplik is a former board member Ronald McDonald House Charities and a member of the U.S.  Marshals Posse and Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Memorial Fund.

Rep. John Kavanagh is a Fountain Hills Republican who has served at the legislature since 2007. Before being elected to the House in 2018, he was District 23’s senator. He chairs the House’s Government and Public Safety committees.

Eric Kurland is a Scottsdale Democrat and former teacher. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in finance and master's degree in curriculum development. He is a former president of Scottsdale’s teachers union.

Rep. Jay Lawrence is a Scottsdale Republican and has been Member of Arizona House of Representatives since 2015. He is an Air Force veteran and a former radio talk show host. He recently chaired the House Military and Veterans Affairs and Judiciary committees.

Daniel Saady and Jacqueline Fox are also running for the House in LD 23, but the Progress was unable to reach them for comment.

LD24 Senate

Seth Blattman is a Scottsdale Democrat and small business owner.       Scottsdale resident Adam Kwasman is a lawyer and former Republican legislator, who served in the Arizona House from 2013 to 2015.

Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita is a Scottsdale Republican wrapping up her first term in the Arizona Senate. Prior to entering the senate, Ugenti-Rita had served in the House since 2011. She is currently chairs the Senate’s Commerce Committee.

LD24 House

David Alger is a Scottsdale Republican and a military veteran who served in both the U.S. Navy and U.S. Navy Reserve.

Rep. Jennifer Longdon is a Phoenix Democrat and was elected in 2018. She has served on Phoenix Mayor’s Commission on Disability Issues, the Phoenix Mayor’s Neighborhood Advisory Council, the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation’s Public Impact Panel and the Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council.

Rep. Amish Shah, a Phoenix Democrat elected to the House in 2018, is an emergency medicine and sports physician.

Martin Watkins is a Phoenix Democrat and paramedic.

Democrat Rodrigo Silva could not be reached for comment.

LD24 Senate

Sen. Lela Alston is a Phoenix Democrat with a long history at the Capitol. Prior to winning her senate seat in 2018, she served four terms a representative at the Arizona legislature and previously served in the Arizona Senate from 1977 to 1995. She was also a teacher in Phoenix for 34 years.

Ryan Starzyk is a Phoenix Democrat and U.S. Army veteran.

Democrats Jamie McClendon and Patrick Dampare also filed statements of interest for the seat, but could not be reached.

SUSD Governing Board

Voters in the Scottsdale Unified School District will also select three new Governing Board members in November, but school board candidates have no primary. They must file their petitions between June 6 and July 6 for the November ballot, but are able to file statements of interest now.

So far, six candidates have filed statements of interest for the SUSD board, although more candidates could file over the next couple months.

Those who have filed include Julie Cieniawski is a 26-year Scottsdale resident who has taught at SUSD for 15 years. She is also a former president of the Scottsdale Education Association.

Zachary Lindsay is a Scottsdale resident and Cocopah Middle School parent.

Rose Smith is an SUSD graduate and former school district employee who now has grandchildren in the district.

Kathleen Angelos is a Scottsdale resident and a veteran of the U.S. Navy and Air Force. She then worked as a defense contractor in the Middle East during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom and is now retired.

 Lucy Digrazia and Allison Corritore also filed but could not be reached.

At the county level, Scottsdale voters in both parties may have some primary election decisions to make, at least according to statements of interest that have been filed so far.

Six Republicans are vying for their party’s nomination for county assessor. Five Democrats have filed statements of interest in the County Attorney primary.

Two from each party have filed statements for county school superintendent while two Republicans threaten to duke it out for the County Recorder nomination.

As many as five Republicans could be vying for the Republican nomination for sheriff.