An Oro Valley resident is trying to get two candidates removed from the ballot in a lawsuit filed against the town that claims nominating petitions filed by the pair are invalid.
Don Bristow says there’s no statute that allows the Oro Valley town clerk to remove petitions in a recall election, unlike the standard election process, a news release says. Because of this, all the petitions were accepted, but state law allows residents 10 days to challenge their validity.
Joe Winfield and Doug Burke, along with four other candidates, submitted the sufficient number of signatures on Sept. 4 to become official candidates in the Nov. 3 recall election of Mayor Satish Hiremath and Town Council members Lou Waters, Joe Hornat and Mary Snider.
Oro Valley was to file its legal response by Tuesday, and hearings are scheduled Wednesday in Pima County Superior Court.
The recall was initiated by the group Oro Valley Citizens for Open Government after the Town Council voted 4-3 in December to buy El Conquistador Country Club and increase the town’s sales tax to raise money to remodel the facility into a community and recreation center.
The four members facing recall all voted in favor of the proposal.