Engaging the community in the governing board election process.


MCESA's elections services team administers governing board elections, special elections for district bonds and overrides, as well as governing board recall elections.

MCESA administers governing board elections in compliance with Arizona Revised Statutes (A.R.S. § 15-421).

Support services available to all candidates:

  • Provide election information to candidates, media, and school districts
  • Source of petitions and related campaign documents
  • Provide campaign packets to prospective candidates
  • Receive all candidate filings
  • Issue certificates of election and oaths of office to those elected
  • Custodian of all related records

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2018 Election Documents

Governing Board Seats to be Elected

2018 Signature Requirements

Candidate Committee Handbook: 2018 Primary & General Elections

Candidate Information Packet

MCESA provides informational packets to interested candidates. The packets contain valuable information designed to guide both new candidates and incumbents through the process of becoming a governing board member.

When printing the candidate information packet, ensure the Nonpartisan Nomination Petition will print as “Actual Size.” Pursuant to Arizona Revised Statute § 16-315 (A), signature lines are to be ½ an inch apart. The document should be printed double sided as well, as seen below.

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School Governing Board Qualifications

Pursuant to Arizona Revised Statute §15- 421 (C), a person is eligible to run for a school governing board seat in Arizona when they meet the following qualifications:

  • Registered voter in the state of Arizona
  • Resident of the school district for at least one year immediately preceding the day of election

School governing board members cannot be an employee of the school district or be a spouse of a school district employee, including a person who directly provides certified or classified services to the school district as an employee of a third-party contractor.

Filing Petition Signatures

The candidate filing period for the November 6, 2018 election begins July 9, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. and closes August 8, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. Petitions presented before or after the established filing period CANNOT be accepted (A.R.S. § 16-311 (B)). Candidates may file election documents at the Maricopa County School Superintendent's office or the Maricopa County Elections Department.

Candidates must file the following original documents with either office in order for their name to appear on the ballot:

  • Nomination Paper/Affidavit of Qualification
  • Nonpartisan Nomination Petition(s)

 **Candidates for Two (2) Year Terms MUST designate the term expiration date following the name of the office on the petitions prior to gathering signatures, as well as on the nomination papers.**

Candidate Filing Appointments

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Candidates may schedule a half-hour filing appointment with our office. Candidates without an appointment will be taken on a first come, first serve basis. The first appointment available is July 9, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. and the last appointment available is 4:00 p.m. on August 8, 2018. Please click on the image above to schedule an appointment. 

Disclaimer: The Office of the County School Superintendent closes at 4 p.m. every Friday. The last available appointment will be 3:30 p.m. on Fridays ONLY.

Statements of Organization (Campaign Finance) 

A Political Committee Statement of Organization must be filed with either the Maricopa County Elections Department or the Maricopa County Education Service Agency (MCESA) once a candidate’s committee has reached a combined total of $1,100 in contributions and expenses. This includes the use of the candidate’s own monies. Campaign Finance forms are included in the candidate packet and are also available for download online at Candidates can gather petition signatures without forming a committee.

Campaign finance trainings for non-partisan and school governing board candidates in collaboration with Maricopa County Elections Department will be offered throughout the campaign season. See the flyer for dates and times. All dates and times listed below are subject to change; please refer to the Maricopa County Recorder's Office website for any updates.


Candidate 10-Day Challenge Period

Immediately following the candidate filing period, a candidate's filing for candidacy (qualifications, nomination papers, petitions, etc.) can be challenged with the Maricopa County Superior Court. The 10-day challenge period for the 2018 Governing Board Elections is August 9, 2018 to 5:00 p.m. on August 22, 2018. Process instructions will be available closer to candidate filing.

Write-In Candidates

A write-in candidate must file the following original document with MCESA by 5:00 p.m. on August 22, 2018:

  • Nomination Paper/Affidavit of Qualification/Campaign Finance Statement, which must be notarized

Candidate Statements

Pursuant to Arizona Revised Statute § 15-421 (F), each candidate whose name has been certified to appear on the election ballot/write-in list shall submit the following:

1.  A recent photograph.

2.  A typewritten or electronic statement, not to exceed 500 words.

3. A disclosure of any relationships by affinity, by consanguinity or by law to the third degree that exist between the candidate and any current governing board members or other candidates for election to the same governing board.

Certified Candidates may begin submitting the information described above NO EARLIER THAN August 9, 2018 and NO LATER THAN 5:00 p.m. on September 13, 2018.

A signed hard copy to of the candidate's statement can be delivered to MCESA's office or may be sent via email from the candidate's email address on file with MCESA to


When a governing board vacancy is declared, whether mid-term or because no candidate has come forward to run for a seat, the County Superintendent of Schools is authorized by statute to appoint a qualified elector from the district to fill the seat.

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Current Vacant Governing Board Seats

Aguila Elementary No. 63

Vacancies: 2


Mobile Elementary No. 86

Vacancies: 1


Sentinel Elementary No. 71 

Vacancies: 1


School governing boards are an important part of their communities, making decisions that effect schools, leaders, teachers, students, and their parents. As advocates for the students, they set the direction for the district, establish the structure to ensure all students are served, provide support and, ensure accountability.

Find a list of current governing board members, as of the publishing date here:


Election Results are found on the Maricopa County Recorder's Website.

2018 Special Election 

Override Elections

If the proposed budget of a school district exceeds the aggregate budget limit for the budget year, the governing board shall order an override election to be held not less than 90 days from the date of the order for the purpose of presenting the proposed budget to the qualified electors of the school district who shall by a majority of those voting either affirm or reject the budget. In addition, the governing board shall prepare an alternate budget which does not include an increase in the budget of more than the amount permitted as provided in A.R.S. 15-905 (A.R.S. 15-481).

For further information on override elections, refer to A.R.S. Title 15, Chapter 4, Article 4.

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Bond Elections

The governing board of a school district may, and upon petition of 15 percent of the school electors as shown by the poll list at the last preceding annual school election shall, call an election for the purposes prescribed by A.R.S. 15-491.

For further information on bonds and bond elections, refer to A.R.S. Title 35, Chapter 3, Article 3.

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A recall election is a process whereby the qualified electors of a school district may force a seated governing board member to stand for election prior to completing the full length of his/her term in office.

The process requires that a number of qualified electors residing within the school district demand his/her recall. Signature requirements are based on 25 percent of the number of votes cast at the last preceding general election for all the candidates for the office held by the officer, divided by the number of offices that were being filled at the election (A.R.S. 19-201.A).

A public officer must have held office for six months before a recall petition can be filed against him/her. The six-month wait only applies to the first term of office if the governing board member is elected to consecutive terms (A.R.S. 19-202.A).

A recall packet may be obtained by contacting the Maricopa County Education Service Agency Election Services at 602-506-3978, or submitting a request by email to or by U.S. mail to 4041 N. Central Ave, Suite 1200, Phoenix, AZ 85012. Please include the following in your request: Your name, board member name, school district name, your address.

Download current signature requirements.

Click here for a list of recalls for the current year.

For further information, please contact Election Services at (602) 506-3978 or


THE ABOVE FORMS may be submitted via email OR FAX:


(602) 506-3753.

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