Just when it appeared that the Scottsdale and mayor council races were set, a familiar candidate filed to be a write-in for mayor.
Bill Crawford, who ran unsuccessfully for council in 2004 and 2006 — the latter as a write-in candidate — filed his paperwork Thursday to challenge Mayor Mary Manross, Councilman Jim Lane and write-in John Washington for mayor.
Crawford said he realizes his entry into the race comes after many groups have already held their debates and forums and just before the start of early voting, but believes he still has time to raise his issues.
In explaining his reason for running, Crawford talks about his issues while taking shots at Manross but not his fellow opponents, Lane and Washington.
Crawford said he supports a fixed-rail option along Loop 101 and the widening of Chaparral Road, and wants an ordinance to make it illegal to rent to an illegal immigrant. He also supports a tram up into the preserve.
In a letter Crawford wrote explaining why he is running, he closes not with a statement encouraging people to write in a vote for him. Rather, Crawford wrote: “Don’t reward the Mayor for bad performance. Vote her out.”
MORE GROUPS CHIME IN
More high-profile endorsements have been filtering in over the past week, with some new names.
• The Professional Fire Fighters of Arizona, which represents the Scottsdale firefighters, on Tuesday endorsed Councilwoman Betty Drake and challengers Lisa Borowsky and Nan Nesvig.
According to the union’s release sent Tuesday, the three “share the priority of providing superior public safety services to Scottsdale citizens.”
The organization did not endorse anyone for mayor. Rod Pritchett, a consultant to the group, said that issue remains under discussion.
• Also Tuesday, the Police Officers of Scottsdale Association in conjunction with the Arizona Conference of Police and Sheriffs announced their endorsement of Drake and Nesvig.
The union also chose not to endorse for mayor or the third council seat.
The group wrote in its press release that it believes “these candidates will serve the citizens and community of Scottsdale with pride, dignity and integrity” ... and “work together to forge a partnership between city government, the community and law enforcement.”
• The Coalition of Pinnacle Peak, perhaps the most recognized resident activist group in the city, selected two incumbents and two challengers as its pick for the four seats.
COPP endorsed Manross while acknowledging “we have not always agreed with her decisions.” The group touts her consistent advocacy of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.
The group also wants to return Drake, but supports Tom Giller and Nan Nesvig who are most closely aligned with the city’s activists and have been outspoken against height and density downtown.
COPP wrote that Giller and Nesvig will bring “new energy and a different approach to governance with a transparent sense of governance for residents.”
NEW PAC FORMED
A group that includes prominent Scottsdale business leaders ran into some opposition from activist Mike Merrill for sending out an e-mail invitation to a fundraiser for Drake, Suzanne Klapp and Ron McCullagh without first forming a political committee.
The invitation encouraged donors to help elect the three, and included the names of the host committee.
After a conversation with City Clerk Carolyn Jagger, Melinda Gulick, vice president with DMB Associates and the contact for the group, chose on Tuesday to create the political committee, “Friends of Drake, Klapp and McCullagh.” Gulick said the group did not spend any money prior to forming a committee and will not spend more than $500.
CHECK OUT TRIB FORUMS
The Tribune’s mayoral and council candidate forums held last week will be rebroadcast on Channel 11 one final time this Sunday, the city-run channel that’s available to cable subscribers.
The mayoral forum will be shown at 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. The council forum will air at 3 p.m. and 10 p.m.
EARLY VOTING TO BEGIN
Early ballots for the Sept. 2 election will be mailed out starting Thursday. Early voting in person at Scottsdale City Hall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd., starts 9 a.m. Monday.
For those recently relocated, or just never inspired to vote in the past, Monday is also the deadline to register to vote.