Nearly 50 Scottsdale residents have pitched their names into the mix hoping to be chosen as an interim City Council member for the next four months.
Former council members, previous election losers, activists, candidates for the March 9 council election and others filed applications with the city clerk by Friday’s deadline.
The council can meet, interview and call applicants before Nov. 17, when it is scheduled to replace Cynthia Lukas, who resigned Oct. 24 in the midst of her four-year council term to run for mayor. Her replacement must be named by Nov. 24.
"It’s a lot of candidates and it’s going to take quite a bit of effort for all the council to sift through and look at applications and consider everyone, and probably make a lot of phone calls,’’ Mayor Mary Manross said.
Each council member can nominate one person. If more than one council member names the same person, that person’s chances are not increased, said City Clerk Carolyn Jagger.
A majority is needed, which means four of the six members must agree on a candidate. If there is a tie, names are pulled from a hat with the last name remaining appointed. Anyone not receiving a vote is dropped.
Among those applying for the immediate vacancy are planning commissioners James Heitel, Tony Nelssen, Jeffrey Schwartz and David Gulino; council candidates Henry Becker, Elizabeth Drake, Merlin Gindelesperger and Steve Capobres; former Councilmen Robert Pettycrew and Ross Dea, and activists Patty Badennoch, Darlene Petersen and Rita Saunders-Hawranek.
Complete list of applicants:
Bachmann, Dave: 8614 E. Columbus Ave.
Badennoch, Patricia: 5027 N. 71st Place
Becker, Henry: 9643 E. Vereda Solana
Beckner, Larry: 6712 N. Rocking Road
Calev, Scott: 7540 E. Jenan Drive
Capobres, Steve: 10670 E. Rosemary Lane
Cortez, Ernest: 8319 E. San Miguel
Carr, Dennis: 10628 N. 97th St.
Cardone, Robert: 14943 E. Pinnacle Court
Dean, Ross: 29301 N. 114th St.
Drake, Elizabeth: 8003 E. Del Tornasol
Fiftal, Frank: 7725 E. Medlook Drive
Frost, Robert: 10685 E. Cottontail Lane
Gannon, Michael: 4518 N. 86th Place
Gindlesperger, Merlin: 6918 E. Edgemont Ave.
Gottlieb, David: 12795 N. 102nd St.
Gulino, David: 5235 N. Woodmere Fairway
Gyongyos, David: 6446 E. Gary Road
Haver, Bucky: 7402 E. Turquoise Ave.
Heitel, James: 8485 E. Dixileta Drive
King, Lawrence: 9705 E. Mountain View Road, No. 1074
Kline, Jennifer: 12082 N. 133rd Way
Luoma, Eric: 8618 E. De La O Road
MacKenzie, Jodie: 5672 N. Scottsdale Road
Mayer, Robert: 2704 N. 60th St.
Merschman, Kurt: 6920 N. 79th Place
Moffitt, Charles: 9623 E. Desert Cove Ave.
Naumowich, Michael: 8013 E. Wingspan Way
Nelssen, Anthony: 7736 E. Redbird Road
Olsen, Henry: 7711 E. Pozos Drive
Owen, George: 24216 N. 82nd Place
Penno, David: 12750 E. Cortez Drive
Petersen, Darlene: 7327 E. Wilshire Drive
Pickett, Michael: 8631 E. Hazelwood
Pettycrew, Robert: 8620 E. Turney
Pilcher, Roberta: 6001 E. Edgemont
Retter, Carl: 4800 N. 68th St., No. 203
Roth, Robert: 8715 E. Celtic Drive
Saunders-Hawranck, Rita: 5605 N. 78th Way
Schwartz, Jeffrey: 8701 E. San Felipe Drive
Shaffer, Matthew: 6816 E. Oak
Spector, Mark: 13052 E. Poinsettia Drive
Talarico, Luigi: 11051 E. Beck Lane
Thompson, John: 8102 E. del Tiburon Drive
Tinnan, Leonard: 7500 E. McCormick Parkway, No. 47
Toschik, Edward: 7657 E. Mariposa Grande Drive
Vance, James: 7538 E. Edgemont
Weckstein, Stephen: 8100 E. Camelback Road, No. 9
Williams, Barbara: 6132 E. Vernon