Former Councilman Mark Scott filed a petition earlier today in an appellate court, challenging the City Council’s decision to remove him from the ballot to run for Mayor in May's special election.

In a release sent to KIII, Scott said, “I ran for mayor for a simple reason – the city’s outside legal counsel said I could. Two more lawyers later and the legal rationale behind the Council’s most recent action is still a mystery to the public. The petition I filed today is to get clarity on our term limits so that the community can have confidence moving forward with this and future city elections.”

Scott said he’s fully prepared to abide by the judge’s decision.

“I continue to believe I would make a great mayor for the City of Corpus Christi,” he said. “But if a judge says otherwise, I will continue to be a leader in our community in a different capacity.”

The legal petition was filed with the 13th Court of Appeals.