Scottsdale City Councilman Bob Littlefield said Tuesday he is strongly considering a run for mayor, an announcement that comes one day after Councilman Jim Lane said he was challenging Mayor Mary Manross for the city’s top elected post.
Littlefield, who spars with Manross on a wide range of issues and has made no secret that he wants her out of office, said the recent launch of a recall effort against him started him thinking about a mayoral run.
“I got to thinking that if I’m going to run a campaign, maybe I’ll go all the way,” Littlefield told the Tribune during a phone interview.
Littlefield, who has not formed a committee for a mayoral run, said he will weigh his support and hopes to make a decision in about a month.
On Monday, Lane formally declared his candidacy for mayor.
Manross announced last year that she will be seeking a third term. Lane and Manross differ on many issues, but have both been supportive of downtown development. Littlefield, on the other hand, is opposed to increased height and density in downtown and south Scottsdale.
Scottsdale’s mayor and council election is Sept. 2.
Councilmembers Betty Drake and Ron McCullagh both plan to seek re-election.
North Scottsdale landowner Henry Becker, who has clashed with the city over his outdoor displays, is hoping to recall Littlefield and Wayne Ecton.
If Becker’s paid petitioners gather sufficient signatures, that election could be held in September or November. Littlefield’s and Ecton’s terms do not expire until 2010.