Forced off the ballot for the Scottsdale City Council, Nan Nesvig’s campaign lobbed one final shot at the incumbents who ousted her earlier this week.
Using a "parliamentary procedure," the former candidate’s supporters have forced the council to consider censuring Wayne Ecton, Bob Littlefield and Kevin Osterman for their partly secretive role in contesting Nesvig’s nominating signatures.
The censure matter is scheduled for Jan. 24.
The incumbents will be required to recuse themselves while the item is discussed.
"Do I think it warrants conversation? I absolutely do," Councilman Jim Lane said.
Mayor Mary Manross and Councilwoman Betty Drake were less enthusiastic, adding that they hope to maintain as much distance from this conflict as possible.
"This is a political issue in a campaign season and it really behooves the four folks who are not in the campaign not to be involved in it politically," Manross said.
Election day is March 14.
The City Charter says any Scottsdale resident can place an issue on a council agenda simply by handing in a petition, no signatures required.
During a meeting Tuesday — the same day Nesvig withdrew from the race — the council was handed a petition asking that the councilmen running for re-election face a verbal reprimand from their peers.
The incumbents funded a complaint, filed Dec. 23 in Maricopa County Superior Court, alleging that a third of Nesvig’s voter signatures were invalid.
Karl Kulick, a south Scottsdale resident, was listed as plaintiff.
The councilmen were the only people to request copies of the candidate petitions, but deny they were responsible for the complaint or that they know Kulick.
Instead, the incumbents contend that their supporters led the effort against Nesvig, without their knowledge.
They refuse to disclose who those individuals are. "It points to potential corruption in the system and I just don’t like it," Lane said. "Whether it’s real or not, there’s a perception of dishonesty." Asked if the councilmen’s actions have troubled her, Drake largely declined comment. "I would have done it differently," she said, "but I can’t speak for them."