Hearings scheduled on lawsuit to throw out Gilbert bond election results

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Gilbert is asking the courts to dismiss a lawsuit that challenged results of the $515 million streets, transportation and infrastructure bond election. (Courtesy Fotolia)

Gilbert is asking the courts to dismiss a lawsuit that challenged results of the $515 million streets, transportation and infrastructure bond election. (Courtesy Fotolia)

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge on Dec. 8 set hearing dates related to a Gilbert resident’s lawsuit seeking to annul the results of the town’s $515 million streets, transportation and infrastructure bond.

Judge Jay Adelman scheduled a hearing on the town’s motion to dismiss sign maker Jim Torgeson’s lawsuit for Dec. 20. If the suit is not then dismissed, an evidentiary hearing will be held Jan. 14 before Adelman.


Torgeson filed suit Nov. 22 arguing that the town’s illegal removal of some of his anti-bond signs may have influenced the outcome of the bond election, in which the bond passed by 0.4%, or 164 votes. The town responded that the removals were legal because the signs violated code.

In the Dec. 8 hearing, Adelman proposed later dates in January for the hearings but the town asked they be expedited because of the amount of preparatory work involved in selling bonds and because of the possibility of interest rates rising in the meantime.
By Tom Blodgett

Editor, Gilbert

Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent more than 30 years in journalism in Arizona and joined Community Impact Newspaper in July 2018 to launch the Gilbert edition. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he served as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication from 2005-19 and remains editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.